HOSPITAL OF THE IMACULADA PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
The New Year began, as always, for the Hospital of the Imaculada in Puerto de la Cruz, gratefully accepting a donation from Teide Lodge 34 to help them provide invaluable care for the residents, who are elderly ladies who have no sustainable income. The Hospital was founded more than 100 years ago and is administered by the Sisters of Maria Madre de la Iglesia.
Although Teide Lodge has fewer members than many of the other Masonic Lodges on the Island of Tenerife it has regularly been able to make annual donations, in excess of €700, of charitable aid for the Hospital, which has, in the past, been used to purchase bedding, specialist equipment etc.
This year’s donation of €802 will be used to purchase much needed kitchen equipment to cater for the needs of the 60 elderly ladies who reside in the Hospital.
This year the Lodge is donating €600 to enable the APANATE Association in La Orotava to purchase 4 Tablets which the children will use to enhance their communication skills. With the help of these donations the Association is able to purchase equipment and visual aids, which assist those cared for by the Association communicate their thoughts and ideas to their fellows and carers.
Apanate, is an Association which assists persons affected by autism inTenerife, was founded in July 1995 by a group of parents whose children were in need of help. In 2007 Apanate North Central was created to meet a growing demand for help, in and around La Laguna and La Orotava.
The Association promotes many activities to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the people who are on the autistic spectrum and ensure their full integration in family, social and labour, at all stages of life: children, youth, adults and seniors citizens.
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes.
Officers of Lodge Teide 34 present a cheque for €600 to Profesora Maria Teresa Luis - Gonzales
Children With Cancer – Brave Little Ones, is an independent, non-profit association formed by parents of the Canary Islands with children affected by childhood cancer. In 2006, a group of parents detected significant deficiencies and needs within local Cancer Treatment and Care, and they joined forces to create ‘Niños Con Cáncer Pequeño Valiente’
In 2007, it was registered as an associations in the Canary Islands, and in 2009 became part of the Federation of Parents of Children with Cancer, and in 2013 was registered as a body providing social services. During the ensuing years, they have undertaken various projects and activities in keeping with their main objectives.
To provide children with the disease, and their families, with all of the support necessary, trying to improve the quality of their life throughout the disease.
Enhance and improve children's health care.
To promote awareness of childhood cancer in our society.
Psychological assistance and support.
Social assistance and support.
Humanitarian and moral support.
Facilitate the educational integration of the child.
To provide the necessary facilities, and thereby to avoid the financial burden of parents with children requiring long hospital admissions. This is especially relevant to those who reside on other islands including: Financial aid and Assistance for families on trips away from the islands.
The Worshipful Master of Lodge Teide No 34, has adopted
‘Niños Con Cáncer Pequeño Valiente’, as his main Charity for 2018/19
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Masons Support Local Charities
HOSPITAL OF THE IMACULADA PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
As part of the €2400 donated to support local charities during the 2017/2918 Masonic Year, V. W. Bro Alexander Brown and W. Bro. Don Oliver , two members of Lodge Teide 34 , visited the Hospital of the Inmaculada in Puerto de la Cruz to present a cheque for €625 to the Mother Superior.
This donation formed part of a bequest made by Brother Ron Bradford , a past member of the Lodge, in appreciation of the assistance given by Teide Lodge to him and his wife at a time when it was much needed.
This will enable the hospital to purchase much needed catering equipment which will further improve the quality of life of those cared for by the staff of the hospital, which is dependent on charitable contributions.
The Hospital were further aided by Mrs Sheila Bister, widow of W. Bro. Roger Bister, who had been a member of Lodge Teide 34 until his untimely death in April 2017, who donated an “Evac Chair” in memory of her late husband
Sister Teresa, Mother Superior Francisca & V. W. Bro Alexander Brown
Mrs Sheila Bister, widow of W. Bro. Roger Bister
Lodge Teide 34 continued its tradition of supporting local organisations which rely on charitable donations by presenting a cheque for €875 to the administrator of Apanate group in La Orotava ; Señora Maria Candelaria Rodriguez Luis .
Apanate, an Association which assists persons affected by autism in Tenerife, was founded in July 1995 by a group of parents whose children were in need of help.
In 2007 Apanate North Central was created to meet a growing demand for help, in and around La Laguna and La Orotava.
The Association promotes many activities to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the people who are on the autistic spectrum and ensure their full integration in family, social and labour, at all stages of life: children, youth, adults and seniors citizens. This group not only provide activities to stimulate for those suffering from autism but also supports their families by giving them a degree of respite.
The day centre in La Orotava is managed by APANATE but depends on of grant of the Cabildo, in particular of the IASS, who contribute 85% of the running costs of this service.
However, the work of the group is funded by the families of APANATE (33% ) with the remainder of the required finance being raised from specific events organised for that purpose:- the sale of products such as Calendars , T Shirts and “Piggy Banks” etc. and donations from individuals, friends and organisations e.g. Lodge Teide 34 here on the island of Tenerife.
Photo: W. Bro. Don Oliver presents a cheque in the sum of €900 to Señora Elena Cañete
Lodge Teide 34 which was consecrated in 1988, as the oldest English speaking Lodge in the Canary Islands, has for many years made financial donations to groups which receive little or no help from Government sources. These groups provide a much needed service to assist those who often struggle to give the required support to members of their families who suffer from physical or mental disabilities. One such group is one based in La Orotava , The Probosco Association which was founded in 1989 with the aim of providing adult resources for persons suffering the aforementioned disabilities who need a lot of support.
This year the Lodge was able to make a donation of €900 which will go towards the expense of purchasing a special water bed which is used to stimulate those with physical disabilities. The donation was received with gratitude by Señora Elena Cañete a Director of the Probosco Association
The mission of the group is to improve the quality of the personal life of those individuals with a disability and that of their families offering help proportional to their needs. They look at ways of adapting physical activity to the needs and specific characteristics of each individual, without neglecting innovation and satisfaction. The group currently have a day centre and residential accommodation with the intention of working towards achieving the quality of life that every person deserves by right. The daily tasks undertaken aim to get social inclusion in the community where the affected individuals may participate as a resource, serving to inform the public they are not silly families. This is achieved by involvement in cultural and recreational activities, making friends and having the opportunity to have a holiday amongst the general public, thereby dispelling some of the concerns occasionally expressed.
Photo: W. Bro. Don Oliver presents a cheque to Maria Rodriquez Luis