Tenerife opens it’s heart to Haiti

The earthquake tragedy in Haiti has shocked the world and left everyone wondering what they can do to help. Many communities, nationalities and faiths have come together to offer help, and that is very much the case in Tenerife. A concert in Santa Cruz on Friday 29 January, and a street fair in Adeje on Sunday 7 February will be focal points for donations of money, food and clothes.

Some 70 business’s, and 10 top Canarian based musicians and comedians have united to stage the Santa Cruz concert at the docks esplanade from 9pm. Acts include local reggaeton sisters K-Narias, Gospel Shine Voices, Anne Peters (formerly of Boney M) En Clave de Ja, Cuban singer Mayelin, comedian Manolo Viera and singer Pepe Benavente. Tickets are only 10 euros and can be bought through the Caja Canarias cashpoints and through the General Tickets website.

Tenerife already has a link to Haiti, the San Gerardo school in the capital Port Au Prince, was part funded by local fund raising. When the school collapsed in the quake there were 300 children inside, it’s still unclear how many survived.

Following on from the concert, there will be a childrens event the next day on the area just above the ferry port. This will include a bouncy castle, play areas, magic and theatre workshops and will run most of the day.

ADEJE, 7th FEBRUARY

The Adeje event has been organised by the Hindu community and quickly grown to include 15 other cultural groups. From 10am to 9pm on Sunday 7th February, the streets around the main Adeje football ground will be full of food stalls, dancing, games, clothes and many other attractions. The Adeje council and mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, have thrown their support behind the initiative, and the Indian Consul for Tenerife, Gope Mathani and the Chief of Police for Las Americas, Carlos Ludeña will also come along to give their support.

At the end of the event, the money raised will go to the Spanish Red Cross, Unicef and Medicos del Mundo, but they are also appealing for clothes, blankets and non perishable food. They can be dropped off at the Hindi Cultural Centre at La Pineda, opposite Termal Aqua, from 10am to 10pm and there are other collection points around Tenerife, you can call Raj for more information on 637869520, or email ahts4u@gmail.com or go to the Facebook group Feria Hindi ““ Ayuda Haiti.

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