HELP MMM makes a Donation to AFACMUR
On 26th July HELP Murcia Mar Menor presented a cheque for €6000 to AFACMUR at its office in Calle Penélope No 11, Los Alcázares. This is in line with the constitution of the charity, which commits us to donating 10% of surplus fundraising to good causes in the Murcia area and AFACMUR was selected following the recommendation of the HELP Cancer Support Group.
AFACMUR is a Registered Association created 15 years ago by a group of parents, whose children suffered from cancer. Their office is a converted house in the Barrio Carmen area of Murcia. Childhood cancer is the second largest cause of death in the developed world amongst children under the age of 14. The treatment is very aggressive and can leave permanent after-effects on children. It also causes anxiety to all members of the family.
The main objectives of AFACMUR are to help improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. There are three permanent staff members, a Psychologist, a Social Worker and an Educational Auxiliary, whose posts are government-funded and 20 volunteers, who support the children, parents and siblings whilst in hospital and at home. They provide support for the treatment i.e. Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and volunteer training. The Psychologist helps parents when receiving the bad news and the children whilst in hospital. That help continues with rehabilitation, when the child leaves hospital.
The highlight of the year is the Holiday Camp near Totana. This year it was from the 22nd to the 27th July and 45 child sufferers and siblings had a wonderful time supported by many volunteers with the added bonus of giving the parents a much needed break. The smiles on the faces of the children said it all! It begs the question; “What Price Happiness?”
Following a reduction in grants to €2000 p.a. from the Regional Murcia Council, AFACMUR now relies more on donations from members, the public and sponsors. HELP Murcia Mar Menor members are only too pleased to assist such a worthy association.
To continue this good work, they need donations and Sponsors, so please visit their website and see what you can do to help: - http://www.afacmur.org
Photo1 shows Bernard Ash, President of HELP Murcia Mar Menor, presenting a cheque for €6,000 to Paco Palazon, president of AFACMUR.
Photo 2 shows the group of people attending with Founder member, Sheil Merrett in the centre and our patron, Lady Elizabet in a white top to her left.
Photo 3 shows from L to R:- Paco Palazon, Mariano Fernandez, Carmen Sanchez (Sec.) Bernard Ash, Maggie Milne (Cancer Support) and Jose Ioeano Vocal
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