Operation Santa Claus & The End of an Era

Operation Santa Claus

The SOS Calvia team continues to impress me with their kindness, dynamism and good humor. Just last week they organized a party before christmas for the families they help in Calvia with the generous support of The Olive Tree and Origin in Palma Nova and Europ Foods.

Santa was at the party giving out presents to the children, but not just any old random present. These children had written their notes to him and their wishes were granted by generous members from the public who have committed to buying the individual gifts like a Barbie or a basketball.

“We had more people who wanted to buy gifts than we had children! One of the party volunteers told me. “The people of Calvia have been very generous and we are very happy to be able to help those who are struggling to make ends meet this winter. “

SOS Calvia is a citizens’ initiative which was put in place in response to the economic crisis we have faced since the start of the C-19 pandemic. They support people with food and other donations as needed. If you need them, contact them and they will do their best to help you too. Visit http://sos-calvia.es for more information.

The end of an era

Ten years ago Kay Halley was looking online for a small business she could do in Mallorca and her gaze fell on the Universal library. “I knew right away that I would buy it,” she told me when I visited her in the store last week to buy gifts for Christmas. Kay brought a ray of sunshine to the bookstore when she took it over, putting her imagination and personal style into the business, making it a fun place for people to pick up the latest novel or just chat.

The shelves are empty and the bookstore closes

Through the bookstore, Kay has been a great support for local artists and designers: whether they are writers, painters, card makers or knitters, Kay has used her store as a platform for these people to present their work to the public.

In addition, she has also contributed immensely to local schools by helping to set up libraries for them and running her own lending library for children to encourage them to read. Another of Kay’s accomplishments was founding The Wednesday Club, a group of artisans dedicated to knitting and crochet. articles for charity. She also wrote a weekly column in the same journal on the latest books to be published.

But now, after ten years of serving the local people of Portals Nous, Kay has closed its doors for the last time as it has finally closed the Christmas Eve. True to her nature, Kay supports the Calvia Lions Club by donating hundreds of books and helping them organize their used book section in their Palma Nova store, so you can always get your hands on books in English. . In addition, I heard about the opening of a bookstore in Santa Catalina…

Kay came from a background working for community groups. She can devote herself to so many things, from carpentry to stained glass. Now, when she returns to her hometown of Bristol, she will set up another business, this time making bespoke garden accessories such as bird tables.

Good luck my friend, Portals is going not be the same. Many people living in Mallorca have benefited from your cheerful and positive energy, your fun personality and your caring nature. You will be sorely missed.

Rocky postponed

After the sad postponement of my white collar boxing match, I needed something else to keep me on track with my training. I had heard of a terrifying competition called the Hyrox which includes eight kilometer race, interspersed with eight distinct movements: pushing and pulling a heavy object, skiing, rowing, burpees, wall balls, lunges and carrying a heavy object.

Part of the CrossFit Mallorca Hyrox team

A lot of the people I train with at CrossFit Mallorca had announced they were going to do the event in Madrid, so I was like “Okay, I’m going to sign up for that.” There followed a lot of dedicated sessions to work on my fitness, and very pleasant weight loss (yay! Although I have to say that it helps if you stop drinking, which I did).

I teamed up with my friend and colleague Silke Hulser who is a hairdresser at Cap Hair in Port Andratx and we organized the event as a team. I am so grateful to her because without her I would not have finished. The event in Madrid was very well organized, intensely stimulating and ultimately very satisfying. It was also great fun to travel with a group of friends and support each other by doing silly things like running.

If you are looking for a fitness challenge for 2022, I can recommend it. Chat with the guys at www.crossfitmallorca.com to get ready for the next events taking place in Germany, UK, Austria and the Netherlands, with the final at Vegas Baby in May. In the meantime, if you want to be part of a white collar boxing match so contact me at the journal and let’s make that happen!

Happy New Year everyone, have fun and relax a bit. It all starts again on January 1st! Vicki x

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