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Every year before Christmas it has become a tradition here in Los Gigantes to illuminate the “Tree of Light” to raise money to assist people less fortunate than ourselves.

In the last few years, through the generosity of the residents and visitors to this community, we have been able to sponsor hundreds of cataract operations in the Third World.

This year, with the Economic Crisis that has had such a devastating effect on so many people in this corner of Tenerife, the Lions Club of Santiago del Teide is concentrating on raising funds simply to buy food to supplement the meals that many local parents are struggling to provide for their families. Many of them are trying to survive on as little as Euros 100 per month!

Most of us have lost someone dear to us and it is at this time of year that they are uppermost in our thoughts.

The Lions Club of Sanitago del Teide would like to invite you all to sponsor a bulb on their “Tree of Light” and dedicate it to the memory of that special person. It will remain illuminated (weather permitting), every night until the end of the festive season.

Each bulb costs only Euros 5. All money raised will go directly to purchasing those much needed groceries.


The Green Corner bar – Los Gigantes
Restaurant Asturias – Los Gigantes
Simple Simons – Los Gigantes
Paul Ruane – Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes Diving Centre – Marina, Los Gigantes
Megatone – El Varadero
MDI – Alcala
Las Rosas Resort – Puerto Santiago

Or send by post to :-
Santiago del Teide Lions Club, Apartado de Correos 198, 38683 Puerto de Santiago, S/C Tenerife

mary-thomson-and-richard-dobinsonSantiago Del Teide Lions Club held their President’s Night Celebrations on July 4th, at El Marques, Los Gigantes.

In her address, retiring President Mary Thompson, thanked the Club Members for all their hard work, over the last twelve months, and the general public for all their support. Of the organisations that have received assistance from the Club over the last year, she highlighted the Bomberos, the Orabal special needs and family centre, and the completion of the ‘Computer Project’, which is to place, in 19 of the local junior schools, a new computer suite. This was funded by Jens Fulda a local businessman.

She gave special thanks to Secretary Jon Thornley and Treasurer Steve Gilbert. The Club’s internal award, by popular vote as ‘Lion of the Year’ went to Lizzie Herrick.

As Mary was about to hand-over her status as President, the next surprise was for her. Recognising her 14 years of fund raising work, capped by two consecutive years as President, she was awarded the prestigious Lion award, a Melvin Jones Fellowship. (Melvin Jones was the Founder of Lions Clubs International)

Incoming President Richard Dobinson thanked all present for supporting the evening, and promised a continuation of the Lions’ work in the future.

After an excellent buffet prepared by the El Marques staff, the evening continued with entertainment from ‘Extreme’ Carla and Michell’s Speciality Show. The icing on the cake for the whole night was supplied by another super performance from ‘Glam Slam’ the top 70’s rock tribute band.

Thanks go to Rick Porter for his support role, and to Maggie Porter and Denise Bell of Viana Shows for organising the evening’s entertainment.

Written by Ken Ward

The Lions Club organised a Prostate Cancer awareness scheme last year, which proved to be a huge success and a great benefit to the community.

Statistics show that one in three men over 50yrs will develop prostate cancer, but it can develop at any age.

In many cases there are no symptoms or warning, in others, frequent visits to the toilet, especially through the night or an intermittent stream should give cause for concern.

The results of more than 100 tests proved to be very similar to that in Europe, where 18-20% of patients tested needed to be recalled for further tests, and in some cases the gland surgically removed.

Because of the success of last years scheme The Lions are arranging a second batch of testing for 1 month commencing Mon 5th May run in conjunction with Dr Speaficos International Medical Centre in Los Cristianos, who are giving their expertise and time free. There will be a €20 charge to cover analysis costs. Any further ongoing treatment will be at the patients cost.

It is important to go to the clinic between 9.30 and 12.00 Mon – Fri for the blood test. Results take 1 week. You can phone for the result, then collect an official written result showing your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level.

If the level is high, further testing is needed. Early diagnosis is important. If there is no cure then at least you can extend the quality of your life.

You need to take your NIE or passport with you. A few medical questions will be asked – the staff speak English.

Call for an appointment on 922 790563 remember to say the Lions sent you to qualify for the reduced cost.

The clinic is on the rear part of the Hiper Trebol complex (Edif Simon) in Los Crisianos

If you need further advice you can call Mary on the Lions Helpline 607435267