SOME OF THE CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY CALVIA LIONS MALLORCA IN THE PAST TWO YEARS

Cerebral Palsy Association of the Balearics aims to maximize the capabilities of people with cerebral palsy in their physical, emotional, cognitive and psycho-social aspects, by compensating and optimizing those aspects that may affect their development and learning processes through an integrated and comprehensive approach to treatment and education in order to improve the quality of life and social integration of cerebral palsy sufferers.

The Palliative Care for Children Association was formed in the Son Espases Hospital in Palma by two of the their Paediatric Doctors and is run entirely by volunteers. Their aim is to help these young patients physically, emotionally, psychologically and practically; and to offer assistance not only in the Hospital but also at home for children with incurable diseases.

The Handisport Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 with the objective of integrating people with disabilities through the participation in sports – covering Sailing, Blo-karting, Water-Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Super Four 4×4, Hiking and Scuba Diving.

The Shambhala Foundation was created to address the plight endured by a significant number of youths who find themselves on the wrong path due to adverse circumstances. It has been created not only out of a sense of humanitarian responsibility and compassion to help the vulnerable, but also in recognition that their actions and behaviour impact on all who live around them.

Indig Foundation works together with Social Services to take into care illtreated children who are at risk of violence in the home. Many of these children are handicapped, either physically, mentally or socially – and are traumatised. Indig has formed a group of foster families who care for these children as their own. They rehabilitate the children in every possible way.

Residencia Hogar del Sol Home for the Elderly, located in Santa Maria is an independent residence of the Evangelical Christian Church in Palma de Mallorca, providing nursing home facilities for the elderly.

ADIBA is a non-profit Association for people with diabetes, endeavouring to meet their basic needs, as well as parents/guardians, relatives and other persons sensitised by this problem. Spreading awareness of diabetes including the education and training of young people with diabetes, using all the appropriate resources necessary to facilitate their integration in school, in the workplace and, ultimately, in society.

The Foundation Joves Navegants de Balears undertakes specific sailing activities, enabling greater attention to young people, and thereby providing for the integration of young people at risk of social exclusion.

The Rafa Nadal Foundation was established with the desire to help socially disadvantaged children and adolescents who are at risk of being excluded from society. The Foundation’s mission is to offer educational programs to the most disadvantaged with the common denominator of sport, thereby making sport a basic tool for personal development and social integration.

The RANA Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse and mistreatment. Recently, the Council of Europe reported that 1 in 5 children suffer the consequences of sexual abuse but only 1 in 10 will speak up. Hence RANA focuses its work on the awareness and prevention of abuse as a key step to eradicate this social problem and break this cycle of violence within our society.

“Dime” is a non-profit making Association of Palliative Care Volunteers within the Balearic Islands, with experience of more than ten years accompanying patients and their families in the final stage of a terminal illness. “Dime” is based on the values of solidarity, fraternity, competence and commitment to the vulnerability, dependence and suffering of people, patients, family and friends exposed to aspects of the dying process.

For many years residents have had nowhere to turn for support and advice when they hear the dreaded words “you have cancer”. Sufferers can experience a whole range of emotions from anger and denial to intense loneliness and hopelessness when they are diagnosed. They may need information about eating well or the physical changes they are experiencing, or need advice for relationship problems they are suffering due to their condition. Now the Cancer Support Group is there to ensure cancer sufferers no longer have to suffer in silence.

The KartForce charity is a team of UK Serving and ex-Serving injured troops that race in karting events around the UK and abroad, including Mallorca. Their aim is to provide injured troops with memorable, adrenalin-packed experiences and providing them with the opportunity of enjoying the experiences of racing and socialising – something they never thought they could do again.

Large numbers of people here in Mallorca are homeless or live in shabby apartments below the poverty level, often through no fault of their own. In the streets of some districts of Palma, people can be seen searching for food or other necessities in the rubbish bins. Hence the provision of sleeping bags, warm clothing, and required auxiliary equipment is essential.

Plus many more worthwhile charitable causes on the island of Mallorca