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Recortes de Prensa

Making a difference

Round Town News, 28 | 10 | 2010 - Noticia

Members of the popular charity MABS Cancer Support Group were congratulated this week for standing up and getting things done.
Consul Paul Rodwell visited the charity’s centre in Sol Park, Moraira, and thanked volunteers for the support they gave people across South East Spain.

He said MABS was a “key partner” of the British Consulate in Alicante and paid tribute to the work of President Jacqui Phillips MBE, her husband Bernard, and all the charity volunteers and members.

The consul joked he had made an effort to dress in pink – and sported a pink shirt and tie – and paid tribute to the growing support network MABS provided.

“I think cancer affects everyone,” he said. “I lost my father through cancer – it is a very tough thing.

“What makes Jacqui, Bernard and all of you remarkable is rather than just sitting there and feeling sorry for yourselves, you are getting up and doing something about it.

Complex

“In a very complex and difficult part of your lives, you are getting up and saying ‘I can make a difference’.”

Speaking at the charity’s monthly coffee morning, Mr Rodwell said the MABS centre at Sol Park was the charity’s first but he knew others would follow “because there is a lot more people out there who need help.”

He said Spain offered cancer sufferers “fantastic” treatment and the health service was family focussed but people needed support in the community “and that’s where MABS comes in.”

The consul said he was “immensely impressed” with the network of expat charities in Spain working as “part of our vision of helping people – Brits in particular but any English speaking people.”

And Mr Rodwell added: “MABS does such a good job they are sending everyone here. MABS is very much a key partner of the consulate and helped all of you and hopefully, many more people to come.”

He said like all charities MABs relied on fund raising and its volunteers and members – and needed the help of the press to spread the word.

Support

“What can I do to help? More than just giving you support, what I am looking to do a lot more is bring the Spanish on board,” said the consul.
This involved harnessing the power of the Spanish government and giving access to its funding.

“Hopefully we do help at the consulate with some difficult and complex cases. We deal with people who actually have real problems. People who have not followed the guidance: get on the Padron and then access social services if something does go wrong.”

Mr Rodwell said joining the town hall register helped people integrate and prevented expats being “sidelined” - as well as being a step to getting a vote and gaining a voice in next May’s local elections.”

MABS is searching for a retired or semi-retired business manager who can help provide the strategic operational experience to help run the growing charity and allow its committee more time to directly help people.

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