From Silvana Buxton, Councillor for Camposol and International Relations

Spain has now been on lockdown for over two months and the whole population has had to adapt to the restrictive rules and regulations that our National and Regional Governments are constantly reviewing in order to gently ease the nation into a return to a new normality. Having gone through Phase zero and Phase one, new challenges and constraints will test the will-power and resilience of people of all ages and from all walks of life in Phase two.  However, this cloud does have a silver lining, which Silvana described in her letter of thanks to the residents of her Constituency, part of which she is now sharing with the readers of the Costa Cálida Chronicle:

The Magic Of ‘Giving’

Life is not always kind; in fact, we could say that, in most cases, it is definitely a challenge. The last few weeks have severely tested our capability and our willingness to ‘rise to the challenge’. When faced with the destructive power of the Coronavirus and the stringent restrictions imposed by the Government in order to defeat it, many of us have selflessly turned our thoughts to the less fortunate, be it families, elderly or vulnerable people and all who are in desperate need of the most basic things that we all take for granted each day, but for them they are now a lifeline to survival.

Camposol has risen to the challenge, with its generous response to the selfless donation of face masks, organised by Father Juan José from the Church of St José (Puerto de Mazarrón) who is also the President of the Charitable Organization CARITAS and the cooperation of Silvana Buxton, Councillor for Camposol.

It all began with ‘GIVING’

After expressing her concerns to the Mayor of Mazarrón, Gaspar Miras, for lack of face masks for Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club, Silvana was directed to Father Juanjo (as he is affectionately known by all) who, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, has been coordinating the region-wide distribution  of cotton (or similar washable material) and re-usable face masks, made by his fantastic team of volunteers.

Within days, Father Juanjo provided 250 masks which Silvana distributed in the foyer of Consum (Camposol B) on Friday 17th April, by kind permission of Sr. Blas, the Director.  A second supply of 100 masks was distributed on Tuesday 21st April by Sue Tinkler who kindly offered her help.  Alongside the mask-distribution table, a trolley was placed to collect donations of food, toiletries and anything useful for the needy families in the municipality. This was Father Juanjo’s humble wish, rather than collecting money. The response was staggering – in no-time-at-all a number of trolleys were filled to the brim, for Father Juanjo to collect and take to his distribution centre and this is still continuing.

A willing team of ladies from Camposol and surrounding areas also worked hard at making more face masks with the material provided by Father Juanjo, who was delighted to be able to distribute more masks to hospitals, nursing homes, organizations, associations and all who required them throughout the Murcia Region.

The simple action of GIVING, is breaking down the barriers of language and cultural differences, of age and gender, of isolation and solitude.  Help, offered in time of need, will achieve lasting unity and solidarity between the foreign community and the people of the country we call home.

Stay Well And Stay Safe.

Silvana