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canarian-day-posterA dinner dance is being organised by the Los Gigantes Carnival Commission to celebrate “Dia de Canarias”
in the Plaza Los Gigantes, Friday 29th May 9pm – 2am

Canarian 3 course meal with local wine

Canarian folk music followed by dancing to live band

Tickets €20 adults €12 children

Tickets on sale at bar Segria (next to green Corner). losgigantes.com office and Offshore 44 on the marina and Megatone in El Varadero.

Tickets will also be on sale in the plaza on the evening.

Lions clubs International – Sweet Lucy Appeal

Posted by dolly diver on May 22, 2009
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 	sweet-lucy1Seven year-old Lucy Cook, who lives in San Juan, faces life with a series of disabilities. At the age of two, her parents realised that she had a problem with walking.

Later on, Lucy severed a finger without showing any sign of pain or distress. Various medical tests confirmed that she suffered from a disorder known as Sensory Ataxic Neuropathy which means that the gene which affects her nerves and coordination is missing. The sense which should tell her where parts of our body are without having to look simply isn’t there and she suffers a loss of sensation in parts of her body. Lucy cannot walk without thinking, for her it is a conscious effort as she has to use her eyes. Her legs eventually become tired and give way beneath her.

Lucy also has problems with her eyes which are extremely sensitive to bright light, eczema and asthma which are all controlled by medication. Recently, splints have been made for her to support her ankles, especially when she falls, as her walking is getting worse. Her mother Rachel told Island Connections, “she needs a new pair of splints every year as she grows, and her walker which we brought here from the UK is now three years old. These are all ongoing costs”. Lucy has a manual wheelchair to help her move about, but someone has to push her all the time. To give her some independence, she really needs an electric wheelchair. Rachel says, “the future for Lucy is unknown, she is slowly getting worse and will eventually need to use a wheelchair all the time”.

At the moment Lucy attends a normal school and has a full-time carer. She has lots of friends and is bright and happy. Rachel told us that Lucy is a clever girl and is one of the top children in her class, although like everyone, she has her bad days.

The family moved to Tenerife nearly two years ago because the climate here is a great help with Lucy’s condition. She is under medical supervision, is about to begin physiotherapy and tests are always being undertaken, but her condition will never improve. Her parents have to watch and monitor her, and are trying to make plans for that uncertain future which lies ahead. Even though the Spanish government pays a proportion of her medical bills, there are many other costs involved.

For this reason, the Lions Club International of Santiago del Teide has set up the Sweet Lucy Appeal which is intended to enable Lucy to have some form of independence and to lead, as far as possible, a normal child’s life. Any donations, no matter how big or small, will help her to have an electric wheelchair, new leg splints, a walker, and the medication and treatment that she needs.

If you can help, donations can be paid into the Lions Club International account at Banca March, account number 0061 0215 140119520111.

Pur..fect plans turn cat..astrophic – Part 2

Posted by dolly diver on May 20, 2009
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tillyThe very sad news item regarding the escape of Tilly, the cat belonging to Sandy and Jimmy Quigley, in the cargo depot at Tenerife’s southern airport should be a lesson to everyone. Cat travelling boxes, with twist plastic locking devices for the gate are NOT secure. Believe it or not, many cats can push the door out of this type of box, particularly when they are in a panic and have a rush of adrenalin. It is worth spending the extra money buying a box which does not have the plastic twist fasteners for any part of the box.

 	travelling-box 	travelling-box-2As an association we regularly send our rescue animals to permanent, caring homes abroad. Cat boxes always have a spring loaded gate and cable ties or screws are used in conjunction with the fasteners used to join the top and bottom of the box. Once the cat has been checked in cable ties are threaded through the air vents and the spring loaded gate and pulled tight.

One UK company, Ladyhaye, who handles the importation of dogs and cats, state quite clearly that they will only accept cats in boxes which have a spring loaded gate. Furthermore they insist that cable ties are used as an added precaution.

I want to start this story with an apology, due to the office move for Los Gigantes.com we have been completely run off our feet, and this great news for our area has been delayed. So I hope it’s better late than never.

 	improvements-in-calle-tamaraRecently the staff of losgigantes.com had the chance to meet with the councilor for tourism Germán Jiménez who explained to us the latest plans for the area. It is important to understand that two years of single handed dedication on the part of Germán have resulted in our area, (Santago del Teide) being accepted to a very prestigious group of three other councils, Puerto de la Cruz, Arona and Adeje, who are entitled to special funding for tourism, many other areas would love to have this help.

It means that during the next 4 years (at present) funding to the tune of 6.6 million Euros has been approved for a number of projects to raise the standard in this area, some of which has already started such as the new pavements, pedestrian crossings, water pipes, drainage, cables, curbs etc in a number of streets in Los Gigantes.

 	new-tourist-office-in-los-gigantesPlans approved include a complete re-paving of the roads for el Marques Las Rosas all around the loop to the hotel Barcelo de Santiago including new sewers, pavements road surface and the planting of over 125 new trees. Other plans include a complete overhaul of Playa de la Arena, which is truly spectacular.

The new Los Gigantes tourist office, opening soon, has just been built on the small plaza by Tamara, as part of the on-going commitment to tourism in the area, other projects worthy of a mention include a complete revamp of the plaza in Los Gigantes and the one in Puerto de Santiago, re-surfacing of a number of roads throughout the area, new street lighting in the area.

The level of investment that this new status will bring to this area over the next few years I believe will truly help to transform the area to one of the most sort after destinations in Tenerife.

Author – The PM

Purr..fect plans turn cat..astrophic

Posted by dolly diver on May 11, 2009
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tillyWhen Jimmy and Sandy Quigley, long time residents of Los Gigantes, and managers of the Outside Inn, Puerto Santiago decided to pack up and move back to the UK they made a decision that their cat Tilly would definitely be part of their plans. Sadly due to quarantine laws Tilly could not go with them for 6 months, so long time friend Sandy became her foster mum until she was given the OK to fly.

Everything went according to plan, Tilly settled nicely into her foster home and the correct channels were followed to ensure Tilly safely joined her owners in the UK.

Arrangements were made through CPA (an animal protection agency). Regulation cage €57, injections and blood tests €246 and a flight was booked with Thomas Cook €530 (at certain times of the year people can expect to pay over €700)

The day before the flight Tilly was given her certificate of fitness to fly and on Tues 28th April Sandy drove Tilly to the airport checked her in, all was OK – or so she thought.

Before Sandy arrived back in Los Gigantes her mobile was ringing.
“We’ve lost your cat, the cage fell off the luggage transporter and your cat has escaped”.

Sandy immediately went back to the airport. On examining the empty cage there was no damage and a cage falling off a luggage transporter would not have opened two of the 4 twist locks needed to open the cage. Sandy was sure someone must have deliberately opened the cage. A witness did say they had seen the cat running away.

Sandy then informed Jimmy and Sandy of the predicament and within a very short time they were on a flight to Tenerife, all expenses paid by Thomas Cook for the weekend. They were told that the whole airport was on the lookout for their cat, but on arrival when they asked questions no one had any idea of what they were talking about. It was also bank holiday weekend, there was no one to assist them to enter the secured areas of the airport to search for Tilly. After a wasted weekend Thomas Cook then extended their stay to a week in the hope that their cat would be found. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

The search was to no avail and Sandie and Jimmy returned to the Uk without their beloved Tilly.

Tilly is chipped but due to airport regulations her collar had to be removed for travel. Now she could be wandering somewhere near the airport with no identification looking like the many of the feral cats that inhabit the area.

If you think you may have seen Tilly please call Sandie on 676890773.

An important message from the Red Cross

Posted by dolly diver on May 7, 2009
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The majority of us carry mobile phones, but in the case of road accidents or arriving at en emergency medical centre unconscious, ambulance men or medical staff have no way of knowing who to contact amongst the long list of telephone numbers in our mobiles.

A new idea had been launched that everyone should list a contact number under the name AA Emercencia, so they know who to call should the worst occur.

This is simple and quick to do, costs nothing and can be of great help to everyone concerned.

If you think this is a good idea, don’t forget to do it and pass the information on to everyone you know.