The yearly Oncology Volunteering Meeting organized by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC) was held on 16 November on its 15th anniversary.
In this very special edition, the day was devoted to "Volunteering, a way of understanding life" since we believe that volunteers have an attitude towards life that goes beyond the duration of their volunteering activities and that it is important to focus on this trait.
The event was conducted by Ignasi Gaya, a journalist working for Televisió de Catalunya’s News Services. At ten o'clock in the morning, there was a welcome speech by Dr. Ramón Maria Miralles, FECEC’s President and by representatives of the Employment, Social Affairs & Families ministries of the Catalonian Government, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Barcelona City Council as well.
Throughout the day, there were various talks and colloquiums. One of them was "The happiness of giving to others and to oneself' conducted by Dr. Jose Luís Bimbela, Doctor in Psychology, Professor, Researcher and Consultant at the Andalusian School of Public Health.
Later, two simultaneous workshops titled ‘Sound & silence as well-being tools' and 'Listen from the depths' took place.
The first was delivered by Edgar Tarrés, specializing in the creation of experiences and the second by Dr. Maria Rufino, Doctor in Psychology of Human Learning at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
At the end of the meeting, we had a small event celebrating our 15th anniversary!
We were very happy at FECEC to be able to celebrate such a landmark all together. During these years, we have been able to maintain this space to promote the link between all the volunteers who collaborate in this area of Catalonia and to recognize and thank their solidary work.
It is for this reason that we wish to thank all the volunteers of FECEC member entities for having participated in the XV Meeting!
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The month of October marks the return of the Catalan Week for Cancer Prevention (SECAPC), which is organized every year by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (Federació Catalana d'Entitats contra el Càncer).
In its eighth edition, the campaign has consolidated throughout Catalonia in the effort towards cancer prevention and awareness. More than 20 activities are organized in 23 municipalities and 10 schools across Catalonia on behalf of the #menjasaimoute19 campaign promoting healthy lifestyles among the population.
This year, under the slogan ‘Eat healthy and move', FECEC emphasizes the fact that eating healthy does not have to be a sacrifice and that it is within everyone’s reach in addition to reiterating the message about the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
FECEC’s campaign is based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer and contemplated in the European Code against cancer, which states that 50% of cancers can be prevented by following healthy habits, such as eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, engaging in regular physical activity, walking for 30 minutes a day, and avoiding the consumption of tobacco or alcohol.
This routine must be followed by other measures such as following screening and vaccination programs, avoiding excessive sun exposure as well as to carcinogenic substances and living in a smoke-free space.
In fact, the campaign also serves to disseminate the European Code against cancer, which provides 12 tips to reduce the risk of malaria, and stresses the importance of food and physical activity.
Children's workshops and shows
Besides the #menjasaimoute19 campaign, SECAPC's activities include more than 20 healthy menus workshops and the 'l'Hort d'en Marçal' show.
The workshops, aimed at an audience of all ages, aims to offer resources to implement basic food recommendations for a healthy and balanced diet. This activity is conducted by dietitians and nutritionists.
The children's puppet show 'Hort d'en Marçal', intended for children between 5-7 and performed in more than 10 municipalities, explains the properties of fruit and vegetables through puppets and includes a workshop on how to make a fruit brochette.
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During the fifth edition of the solidarity campaign promoted by the Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) and Condis Supermercados held on February 1 and 2, 79,657 euros were collected with the sale of 53,105 bags of peppers. After five years, this initiative promoted by the FECEC has contributed with more than 380,000 euros to aid programs for cancer patients and their families.
This year, the number of volunteers who participated in the campaign increased to 900 people (200 more than the previous year) from all over Catalonia who encouraged people to buy a bag containing two peppers, one green and one red, for a token amount of 1.5 euros. The peppers, unselfishly provided by the Agroponiente food company, could be purchased at 493 Condis de Catalunya stores and at "Condisline.com".
The collaborating volunteers came from the organizing entities as well as from an important call to which different institutions adhered. In addition, solidarity is also encouraged at Condis among its staff and collaborators, who participate from the points of sale and the central platform.
The sponsors of this fifth edition were journalists Elisenda Carod and Silvia Tarragona, meteorologist Tomàs Molina, Dr. Germà Lluch, researcher Manel Esteller and baker Daniel Jordà. During the presentation ceremony of the campaign held on January 31, Daniel Jordà made “coques” (pizza's Catalan cousin) and other recipes with ‘solidary’ peppers with the collaboration of the rest of the sponsors.
Peppers also on social networks
Volunteers and many other people wanted to extend the call through social networks by sharing photos and videos with their bags of peppers with the hashtags #pebrotscancer and #sumaT and posting them on Condis’ (@ condislife) and FECEC’s (@fececfederacio) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Celebrities such as actors Queco Novell and Carlos Latre also joined the campaign through social media.Author: FECEC
On Saturday, May 5, the Espai Francesca Bonnemaison hosted the XIV edition of the Volunteerism Meeting within the field of Oncology organized every year by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC).
This annual meeting aims to promote the recognition and the connecting link between all volunteers working in this field in Catalonia. The day is also a token of appreciation to the effort and commitment of the volunteers to improve day by day the quality of life of people with cancer and their families.
This year, the meeting emphasized the volunteers’ cohesion and the feeling of belonging to the entity they collaborate with. The African proverb “If you want to travel fast, walk alone; if you want to travel far, walk together” synthesizes today’s essence. For this reason, this edition has 'Cohesion: The Strength of Volunteerism' as a motto.
FECEC’s president Ramon Maria Miralles inaugurated the event at 10 a.m. along with Bernat Valls, General Manager of the Government of Catalonia’s Civic and Community Action and Meritxell Budó, President Delegate of Barcelona Provincial Council’s Department of Social Care.
One of today’s talks was "Volunteering: Ethical and bioethical considerations" by Mr. Sergio Ramos, Philosophy graduate, Master's Degree in Bioethics, PhD in Philosophy, and professor of Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.
Subsequently, two workshops took place: 'Body percussion as a tool for social cohesion and emotional experience' by Santi Serratosa (body percussionist, musician and music therapist) and 'Together we can achieve much more’ by Jordi Muñoz (personal recreator, music therapist and trainer of trainers as well as Director and founder of El despertador).
The Vall d'Hebron Hospital Choir closed the XIV Meeting.
The fourth edition of the "Peppers for Cancer" solidarity campaign held on 2-3 February and promoted by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC) and Condis Supermercats raised 82,833 euros with the sale of 55,223 solidary pepper bags; 11.5% more than the previous edition. The funds will be allocated entirely to support programs and care for cancer patients and their families.
More than 700 volunteers participated in the sale of charity peppers offering a bag with a red and a green pepper at a symbolic price of 1.5 euros. Available in 469 Condis de Catalunya stores and on "Condisline.com" online store, the peppers were donated by Grupo Agroponiente.
Volunteering comes from the entities themselves as well as from an important call which different councils, hospitals, institutions and companies joined: La Caixa, Kern Pharma, SAGE and the University of Barcelona among others. Condis also promotes solidarity among its staff and collaborators, who participate from the point of sale and from the central platform.
According to Carme Condal, executive vice-president of Condis, "for us, helping cancer patients and their relatives is a meaningful gesture. It makes us very happy to know that once again, we have surpassed the number of charity peppers bags sold. That is why we would like to thank all the volunteers who have made this campaign possible another year and also, to sponsors and collaborators of Condis for their willingness and sincere dedication to this cause."
In the words of Núria Casaldàliga, a member of the FECEC Board of Directors and director of Oncolliga, "we have been carrying out this campaign for 4 years and vindicating the need for such initiatives to help spread the work that we carry out from FECEC entities. If we work together to improve the quality of life of patients and support their families we will achieve better results without a doubt."
On this occasion, the campaign was endorsed by journalist Xantal Llavina, actor and presenter Quim Masferrer, researcher Manel Esteller, Dr. Germà Lluch, actors Francesc Orella, Candela Anton, Pau Poch and Abel Folk and chef Sergi Cócera. Sergi Cócera prepared two solidarity recipes with peppers with the help of the actors during the presentation of the campaign.
An outstanding echo on social networks
"Peppers for Cancer" has had a strong echo in social networks, where citizens shared their solidarity by posting their photos and videos with their pepper bags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Condis (@condislife) and the FECEC (@fececfederacio), with the hasthtag #pebrotscancer and #sumaT.
In addition, this year, the initiative had the support of singers Mónica Naranjo and Gisela, journalist Mònica Terribas, swimmer Gemma Mengual and actors Bruno Oro, Roger Berruezo and Nil Cardoner among others on social networks.Author: