Presentation of ‘Diversity meets Creativity’. SUR
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An increasingly well-subscribed and high profile free social and business community for women has presented a book, ‘Diversity Meets Creativity,’ that it has recently written and published in aid of Cudeca, the Costa del Sol-based cancer care charity.
Representatives from Costa Women went to the charity’s hospice in Benalmádena for the launch of the book which is now on sale in digital form via the website Amazon.co.uk, or as a paperback from the hospice itself and the organisation’s network of shops. All monies raised will go directly to Cudeca.
Speaking to SUR in English after the presentation, Costa Women founder, Ali Meehan, says: “As an association, we’ve long supported Cudeca because cancer is something that can affect anyone – young or old, rich or poor - it’s indiscriminate.
“Every year Cudeca helps, free of charge, more than 800 patients with advanced and non-curable illnesses, and provides support to their families. We hope the book we’ve launched today will help staff and volunteers raise much needed funds so that they may be able to continue to do their invaluable work that benefits so many within the local community.”
The idea for the ‘Diversity Meets Creativity’ came from Costa Women members themselves, explains Ali. “A group of us decided that it could be good way of raising money and awareness of the charity, so we set to it. In total 28 members, most of whom are based on the Costa del Sol, contributed to the book, which took around six months to complete.”
Thoughts and illustrations
The book’s contents comprise stories, thoughts, experiences, illustrations and pictures which “truly represents the diversity and creativity of Costa Women members.”
Chapter titles include ‘Recognising Your Power’, ‘A Thing Called Love’, ‘Public Speaking’, ‘Finding Your Niche’, ‘The Grass Isn’t Always Greener’, ‘A Letter to Her Stepdaughter’, ‘Networking’, and ‘A Day In Ceuta’.
“The cover was also designed by a member, Sam Aplin, and the book was published by another, Victoria Twead from Ant Press, who also contributed with the chapter entitled ‘Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools’,” adds Ali.
During Wednesday’s launch, the Costa Women were taken for a tour around the hospice and had the opportunity to see how the different areas of the centre are run. They were accompanied by María Jesús de la Ossa, Coordinator of the Home Care Teams, Rocío Torres, Manager of Communications and Fundraising, and Marisa Ballestracci, the Tin Coordinator. In addition, they were shown the daily work undertaken by each individual within the care teams, including the doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, psychologists and social workers.
Of the visit, a spokesperson for the charity, which was founded more than 20 years ago by British-born Joan Hunt OBE, said: “The ladies showed warm recognition to the social work carried out by the Cudeca staff and volunteers.
“Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice gives heartfelt thanks for the support and solidarity given by Costa Women.”
Whilst Ali Meehan added: “We were delighted to be able to work together to create the book and for the proceeds to be used to support the important work of this local charity.”
Costa Women, all around the Spanish Costas and Madrid
Costa Women currently has more than 2,200 members from 58 different countries, numbers “that are growing all the time,” throughout Spain. There are regular events and meetings organised across the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Madrid and Barcelona, amongst other areas.