Charity Begins at Home

They say that charity begins at home and that may well be the case this winter. But this year there’s going to be a major problem on the island and we all need to do what we can to help others too. We’ve had a summer season that has never really got off the ground and the seasonal workers that normally work 6 months to get their PARO(unemployment benefit) for the winter aren’t going to get it this year. There is still at the time of writing not a clear way forward for everyone on the ERTE(furlough) scheme either which is a worry.

One of the charities we helped at the Radiothon were Yachting Gives Back, who have launched a food-raising campaign in which the yachting industry can help to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Balearics. They collect non-perishable foodstuffs & hygiene products and deliver them to those in need via local charities.

This has been extended to the help from the local community including me and my boys who along with loads of other volunteers were at Eroski in Bendinat last Friday Saturday and Sunday. We covered the hours of 9-11am Saturday morning and between all of us we managed to collect 13 trollies over the weekend all filled with essential foods for struggling families. 

I really enjoy doing it and there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing that trolley fill up with things that you know will help others. And given to you by people that you’ve spoken to when they’ve come in. It’s also good for my boys to see, help and understand that there are families here on the island that do need our help. 

The charities that benefit are, Associació Tardor and Mallorca Sense Fam (Mallorca Without Hunger) who both deliver foodstuffs to those in need and the Shambhala Fundación who work with vulnerable young people

In the Asociación Tardor social canteen they try to meet the vital needs of people in extreme poverty. Currently, hundreds of meals are served in the social canteen and they also assist people via the Family Care Centre and Cas Vicari Food Bank. People are given shelter, breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, psychological care, social technical attention, job guidance and a decent place to visit to try to normalise their situation.

Founded in 2009, the mission of Mallorca Sense Fam and its many volunteers is to help deliver food (both non-perishable and fresh), baby food, personal hygiene and household products to improve the quality of life of people in poverty and to make the people of Mallorca more aware of the seriousness of the problem.

The youth of today is the prosperity of the island of tomorrow. In Shambhala they are carried away by their aspirations. That they are not bound by the circumstances. 

The Shambhala Foundation seeks to assist, help and promote the vulnerable young people of Mallorca who lack opportunities, education and / or guarantees. The Foundation will assist and support young people to reach their full physical, intellectual, social and educational potential through participation in four integrated programmes. 

Speaking to Nick who’s idea it was to set all this up, he said that anybody from anywhere on the island who needs help can visit these charities. He also said it would really help to have a few more volunteers on the supermarket food collection roster. So if you can spare a couple of hours for the next one, 9th to 11th of October, please contact him on 619 117 937. 

Even before the problems of this year there was always a winter poverty problem. Every Christmas we’ve been helping on the radio with the Radio One Mallorca Help a Mallorca Child & Age Concern Appeal.

Over the years we have ran this campaign, with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of children and pensioners on the island. We’ve helped The Salvation Army, Fundación Nazareth, Son Espases and Age Concern amongst others. 

Already I’ve been offered toys and money donations and we are now in the process of looking at what we can do and who we can help this year. We must try and build a community spirit this winter and help as many people as we can to get through it. One thing I’ve learned about this island is how generous the people are so hopefully we can count on your support again this year. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

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