Christmas 2017

Friends of Tenerife

Christmas Newsletter 2017

Dear Friends

Christmas is not only a date, it’s also a state of mind, and I thank each and every one of you who have contributed to our Charity during the last year.

I have said this many times since I became president – it is a great shame that you can’t all be with me when I visit the various homes we support to distribute the money that you have raised.

On Monday 18th December, I escorted Mary Poppins to the Matilde Tellez centre where Carmen, our secretary and official photographer was waiting for us. We had a ball. Here’s Mary with some of the kids.

This year we have worked together with other British associations. Mary is none other than the President of ESTA, Paula Marsay, who also stole the show at the Noche en Blanco in the Plaza del Charco where we were allotted a marquee by the Town Hall to present the work of the Friends.

During the year we have also interacted with the Anglican Church, the English Library and the British Games Club and here’s hoping that the friendship between us continues.

And so I can report that we have had a good year in which we have received record takings from the Car Boot events and were the sole recipients of monies donated from two fund raising parties held by Andrew and Hilary Shaw at their finca in La Orotava. We wish them health and happiness in the New Year; they will be sadly missed.

I would also like to thank the members who have made private donations throughout the year, some of you on a regular basis.

We have also signed up new members and I feel confident that we can attract even more through broadcasting our work further afield. Social media rules!!!!

Our Committee Members work very hard, mainly behind the scenes, and we are studying new projects and researching more opportunities to make money for our charities.

Let me remind you of those charities that we support.

APANATE (a centre for autistic children) Centro Matilde Tellez (a school for children in unfortunate domestic situations)

CREVO (a centre for children with cerebral palsy) Cruz Roja (providers of food and clothing for the homeless) Hermanos Franciscanos de Cruz Blanco ( residential home for men) Hospital Inmaculada (residential nursing home for elderly ladies) Hogar Santa Rita (home for the elderly and Alzheimer’s centre

I will be sending out a letter in the New Year setting out our aims and projects for 2018 which happens to be our 25th anniversary.

A Merry Christmas to us all, God bless us every one.

Ken Fisher.

WHAT ARE WE HERE FOR?

Friends of Tenerife is not
simply a social organisation
where we meet together and
enjoy ourselves. Our primary
purpose is to raise money to
help those less fortunate
than ourselves.
It was a delight to welcome 4
representatives from one our
nominated charities,
APANATE, an organisation
run by parents for their
autistic children, to our
monthly lunch at the Masaru.
Three of the teenage boy
users of APANATE came
along and enjoyed a good
lunch, before collecting a
cheque for € 450 which will
buy a specialist computer for
the group to use. They all
said their thanks in their
own ways, before heading off
to the cinema as a last day of
the school holidays’ treat.
Have a look at our facebook
page for some photos of the
event.

Ken’s dreams

A heartfelt message from our president:-

Dear Friends

Some of you may have seen my little piece about Padre Antonio in the current edition of Tenerife News. He was a remarkable man who received nationwide fame by offering plots of land in heaven in return for a donation to his mission. His aim was to give the old, infirm, lonely and poor people a refuge within his parish. The donors always received a certificate no matter what size the donation. By this marketing procedure Padre Antonio collected the amazing sum of 12 million euros with which he was able to build Hogar Santa Rita 11 in the area of Las Dehesas.

But he also collected a lot of enemies: Enemies who listened to rumours. Rumours spread through envy. He died a frustrated man beaten by red tape as he saw his masterwork, to create an Alzheimers centre, blocked by politicians and magistrates .

Why am I telling you this? It’s because Padre Antonio knew that if he could draw attention to himself, his voice would be heard and his mission would benefit. Whilst Padre Antonio was building his homes for old people he was already thinking of his new project, the International Alzheimer’s Centre; a dream too far.

My predecessor as President, Helen Jamieson, also had a dream. While she was attending the lunches and entertaining the bus trippers she was thinking of her new project. She wanted to open a Charity Shop here in Puerto de la Cruz. Helen was faced with the same red tape and unhelpful advice until, finally, she also became totally frustrated and dropped the project. I owe it to Helen and to our charities to pick up the baton and limp with it.

Each one of you can play your part by drawing attention to the Friends of Tenerife and introducing new members. Last month I talked about social media and how it will promote our work. All you have to do is press “share” on Facebook and all your own friends and family will know about us. Then invite them to support our work when they visit you (as they do).

And please keep our Car Boot store stocked to the rafters.

Ken