I LOVE Christmas on Mallorca, I think it’s fantastic.
We have such a wonderful time celebrating, organising get-togethers, Christmas Markets, carol concerts, parades and whatnot. And always we remember to include charities. I’m proud to be a part of that as well.
Each and every year there are calls for help and fundraisers which lead up to the festivities. I think it is right to have a focus on this as this is what Christmas is all about, “Peace and Goodwill To All”. Better still, get your children involved and teach them about the spirit of Christmas rather than let them flick idly through the Argos catalogue or Amazon website, bookmarking things for Santa, at least that’s what I aim to do with La Gidg!
So, who do you fancy helping? There’s a big choice in Mallorca. Here’s just a few to get you going:
If you want to help out with Age Concern Mallorca (www.acespana.org/contact-us/age-concern-mallorca) then you could donate non-perishable food to their Christmas Hamper campaign. You can get in touch with Jackie and the gang by calling 971 231 520.
If you would prefer to help the youngsters that the Allen Graham Charity (www.agrahamcharity.org) cares for, then the team would be very happy to relieve you of a nice Christmas present suitable for either a boy or a girl. You can have a chat with Rosemary who is the President of the organisation on 610 662 086 and she can advise you of what you could donate.
You could offer to help the poor and underprivileged people who are living almost hidden lives right here on the island. Mediterranea (http://mediterraneaong.com). You can contact 971 677 762 and donate milk, rice, pulses and more. (Look out for another article about this in the not too distant future).
Or you can choose to do your own thing, like Stuart Bray from Bray Marine International did last week. “You know what Vicki,” Stuart said to me: “I want to organise a Christmas party for charity. Do you think that would be okay? I’d like it to be something special where the girls get to dress up and the boys have to wear dinner suits.” How wonderful, some glitz and glamour always goes down well! The party, which he held at Mood Beach in Costa D’en Blanes was exactly as he described, glittery, glamorous and with plenty of money being raised to go to charity. In fact well over €2,000 has been donated to Cancer Research following his event last Saturday night, so well done to Stuart Bray and I look forward to the next one.
So, whatever cause moves you and inspires you to act, please don’t stand and watch, get involved, and be part of the solution. Have a splendid Christmas, with love from Vicki, Ollie and La Gidg.