The charity Age Concern Mallorca entered the New Year on a very good footing.
Wednesday, January 8, was the date chosen by Mark and Marie Fields of Rumours Bar in Cala Egos on the south east of the Island, to donate funds collected by their British bar throughout the season from locals and holidaymakers in Cala D'Or. Mr Mike Banham, HM Consul, was invited to very kindly present Ronel Boshoff, President of Age Concern Mallorca, with a gigantic sized cheque for 2'200 euros at the Gin Palace in Ca'n Pastilla, where numerous ex pats had gathered for the occasion. Mrs Boshoff was over the moon with this wonderful gift, thanking Rumours Bar for all their hard work. She explained “The donation will be used to purchase more medical equipment for our Lifeline work on Majorca, assisting those who need support, whether it be the loan of a wheelchair, crutches, zimmer frame, raised toilet seat, ripple mattresses, etc. or assistance with the local welfare services. Age Concern Mallorca is here to assist.” Mark and Marie Fields have lived on the island for five years, having escaped from the stress of being Technical College teachers. They have run Rumours bar for the past two summer seasons, organising quizzes, bingos, tombolas, etc. where all proceeds were for their chosen British charity on Majorca, Age Concern. Mike and Marie have always been avid fundraisers for various charities back in the UK, so they thought it was only logical to continue here. They chose Age Concern because they wanted to help a British charity on Majorca, so who better than Age Concern. They are well aware that they are not getting any younger and it is time to think ahead. They commented that it is a shame that so many people forget or avoid the words “old age” or “growing older” or in fact anything to do with reality regarding age increase. If we are honest, we should accept that it hits everyone sooner of later, so what better than to be prepared and plan ahead to make the most of retirement sensibly. Our elders should not be neglected, by their family, society or friends. Hence that is where Age Concern appears, to try and make those latter years more comfortable. Mike and Marie hope to continue to do the same fund raising again this coming summer. Last summer Marie, also a trained nurse, used her teaching skills and her eagerness to help others, when she spent four months, from May to August, in Peru working as a volunteer for the KIYA project, (which means Little Moon Child in Peruvian) dealing with Special Needs Children as part of Peru Positive Action. Age Concern would like to thank all those who have contributed towards this wonderful donation, especially Mike and Marie Fields, and with this money look forward to assisting others. Age Concern Mallorca Co–ordination centre: 971 231 520.


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