Thanks to all the volunteers for having participated in the XV Meeting of Volunteering in the Oncology field!
Date: 19 de November de 2019
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 inthe XV Meeting!
SECAPC has promoted more than thirty activities to prevent the risk of cancer.
Date: 17 de September de 2019
SECAPC’s VIII edition held Sep27 – Oct 6 consolidates.
“Eating healthy is not a sacrifice and it is within everyone’s reach” is #menjasaimoute19’s campaign message
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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 reachin 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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Fecec will continue to advance to overcome challenges after cancer
Date: 11 de April de 2019
In Catalonia, more than 36,500 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2017 according to the latest data collected by the Oncology Master Plan: 20,759 men and 15,782 women. In addition, 17,156 people died: 10,394 men and 6,762 women. Despite this data, cancer survival rates grow year after year and the percentage of patients surviving after five years is 54% in men and 62.5% in women.
However, these people face new difficulties after cancer: physical, psychological or emotional consequences due to treatment, difficulties in the social, labor, economic and financial fields and lack of knowledge of rights and procedures that do not help to resume their lives after cancer.
That is why the Catalan Federation of Organizations against Cancer (FECEC) organized, on April 6, ‘Celebrate life after cancer’, an initiative to give a voice to people who have overcome cancer, to help make their needs visible and raise awareness among society of the difficulties faced by people after cancer. Through talks, conferences, discussion panels of experts and testimonies and various activities, this reality has been made visible by combining fun, learning and sensitization.
There is little awareness of the difficulties of resuming life after overcoming the disease. In other words, there is a lack of knowledge of rights and procedures that are not covered after the remission of the disease.
FECEC’s ‘After cancer’ program
This seminar is part of the ‘After cancer’ program developed by FECEC since 2015. First, with the two studies to detect needs: ‘Study for the improvement of the integration and reincorporation of women who have had breast cancer ‘and the study to’ Improving the Experience of Cancer Survivors in Catalonia’.
And, second, offering services such as the ‘After cancer’ portal, with resources and information directed only to people who have overcome the disease and in the workplace, by offering the service ‘Resume, Labor Orientation after Cancer’ and the pilot test ‘What to do when cancer appears at work’ to improve the return to work.
“Peppers for cancer” raised 79,657 euros for patients and family
Date: 13 de February de 2019
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.
‘Cohesion: The Strength of Volunteerism’ was the subject matter of the XIV Volunteerism Meeting within the field of Oncology
Date: 16 de May de 2018
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.
‘PEPPERS FOR CANCER’ BROKE FUNDRAISING RECORD WITH 82,833 EUROS
Date: 16 de March de 2018
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.
FECEC, 2017 ‘SOMOS PACIENTES’ AWARDS WINNER FOR DESPRESDELCANCER.CAT (‘AFTERCANCER.CAT’) WEBSITE
Date: 29 de December de 2017
FECEC won the third edition of theSomos PacientesAwards (# somospacientes17) (We Are Patients) for their ‘After cancer’ digital portal project (www.despresdelcancer.cat) in the ‘Patients – Better web development’ category.
The awards ceremony took place on December 13th during the V ‘We are Patients’ Symposium held in Madrid. The decision on this edition’s winners was taken by a jury comprised of individuals of the highest scientific and professional prestige.
These awards recognize the effort, dedication, talent and imagination that patient associations make throughout the year to provide assistance, services and solutions to their users and society in general.
The ‘We Are Patients’ awards are granted by the Farmaindústria Foundation through the Somos Pacientes online community of associations of patients and people with disabilities. Farmaindústria is the National Trade Association of the Spanish-based pharmaceutical industry and comprises a large majority of pharmaceutical laboratories, which represent almost all the prescription medicines sales in Spain.
This edition’s finalists and winners are just an example of the many initiatives and activities of value and interest launched by the associations of patients and people with disabilities over the last year, of which more than a hundred have been candidates for these awards.
The Catalan Week of Cancer Prevention promotes healthy lifestyles among teenagers
Date: 17 de November de 2017
Watch the spot # menjasaimoute17:
With “Act against cancer: Eat healthy and move!” as a motto, FECEC, Together Against Cancer promoted once again the Catalan Week of Cancer Prevention (SECAPC) from September 29th to October 8th.
This edition of the SECAPC was aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among the teenage population in Catalonia in order to prevent cancer. The aim of SECAPC is to spread the European Code against Cancer, where two common recommendations stand out: The daily intake of at least five pieces of fruit and / or vegetables and a moderate 30-minute physical activity on a daily basis.
In Catalonia, 18.1% of the population between 10 and 17 are overweight and 4.7% obese. In this age group, the prevalence of overweight is higher in men (19.9%) than in women (16.2%). The main causes of this problem are poor eating habits and an increase in sedentary lifestyle.
In view of this situation, FECEC devoted this SECAPC edition to this group. This year, the #menjasaimoute campaign was supported by actors Candela Antón and Marcos Franz, from the popular TV3 series “Merlí”.
Price draw for 2 Go Pro cameras
These two actors were the protagonists of this year’s #menjasaimoute17 campaign spot in support of SECAPC along with a group of youngsters from the Guineueta’s (Barcelona) educational leisure recreation center.
During the campaign, the two actors invited the public to participate in the draw of two Go Pro cameras by taking a photo of themselves displaying a healthy habit and sharing it with the hashtag # menjasaimoute17. The draw took place on the 10th at the Adolescents.cat portal and the name of the winners was made public through social networks.
The idea was to gather more people sensitive to cancer prevention. The spot was broadcast by Betevé, La Red, the adolescents.cat channel, TRAM and TMB screens, the DiR Channel and La Generalitat’s Ministry of Health channels.
The spot was broadcast by RAC1, Betevé and La Red radio stations.
More than 250 3rd grade students attend La matinal # menjasaimoute17
SECAPC includes this year ‘the Matinal # menjasaimoute17’, which took place on October 4th at the Guineueta market with an audience of more than 250 students from four high schools from La Guineueta neighborhood: IES Guineueta, Centre d’Ensenyament Molina, Jesús Maria school and IES Oriol Martorell.
Four workshops were held during the morning: one aimed at learning the recommendations from the European Code Against Cancer, another on healthy eating, one on zumba and the last one on Animal fit by the DiR Foundation.
The popular cook Ismael Prados from the University of Barcelona’s Nutrition campus conducted the workshop of healthy eating.
Ernest Codina, presenter and co-founder of Adolescents.cat portal, conducted the event. Actress Candela Antón also attended the event in support of the campaign.
Twenty activities and shows throughout Catalonia
Besides the campaign # menjasaimoute17, the activities of the SECAPC included 20 workshops for the preparation of healthy menus and the ‘Hort d’en Marçal’ show.
The workshops, aimed at an audience of all ages, offered resources to implement the basic food recommendations in order to have a healthy and balanced diet. This activity was conducted by collegiate nutritionists-dietitians.
The ‘Hort d’en Marçal’ show, for children between 5 and 7 years old and performed in more than a dozen municipalities, explained the properties of fruit and vegetables through puppets and was accompanied by a workshop to prepare and eat fruit skewers.
Along with these two initiatives, different events related to physical activity took place, such as the Great People’s Walk in Abrera (October 1) and the Castellnou del Bages Popular Walk (October 8).
SECAPC’s aim is to disseminate the European Code against Cancer. Two common recommendations stand out: The daily intake of five pieces of fruit and / or vegetables minimum and a moderate 30-minute physical activity on a daily basis.
#AFTERCANCER IS BORN, THE FIRST DIGITAL SPACE IN CATALONIA FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE OVERCOME OR CHRONIFIED CANCER
Date: 10 de October de 2017
In Catalonia, there are more than 110,000 people who have overcome or chronified the disease. The figure increases every year by 1.6 to 1.7%.
The portal #aftercancer wants to respond to the needs of information and services these people have in order to adjust to a new reality, organizing and dividing the information into 5 blocks.
We also want to make visible the needs of this group in order to raise awareness of this new reality among society.
It is estimated that there are more than 110,000 people who have overcome or chronified the illness. A figure that increases from 1.6 to 1.7% every year.
On the one hand, the growth of this group raises the need to offer support to help these children and adults adapt to a new situation.
This support must offer, among other things, the coverage of specific operational needs such as sequelae management, dietary advice, job and educational counselling, etc. The person must go from being in the hands of others to being in his/her own hands.
It is necessary to increase the understanding of cancer survivors’ reality and promote social changes aimed at labor re-insertion, or to bear in mind the financial criteria and avoid social stigma as well.
The online portal, #aftercancer (www.despresdelcancer.cat), was created with the aim of helping those people who have overcome or chronified the disease by offering information resources and tools on how to deal with everyday life after cancer. The portal also aims to showcase this group’s needs so as to raise awareness of this new reality among society.
The digital space consists of five blocks: How I am (with contents on the management of sequels in order to improve and adjust to physical and emotional changes). I take care of myself (recommendations to adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve the quality of life), I get organized (practical information for labor, financial and legal needs in order to re-organize life), Support and Services (collection of services within the psycho-social and labor fields offered by the federated entities) and I Share (space to share experiences from different witnesses).
Each block tries to respond to each area’s unresolved needs.
This space is the result of a long road that FECEC began in 2014 with the study on how to Improve the experience of cancer survivors. Subsequently, the day was organized in 2015 to present the study on ‘Labor re-insertion of and breast cancer’ with the idea of addressing this issue among all the agents involved and overcome the labor difficulties suffered by people who have overcome the treatment of cancer.
The digital space #despresdelcancer has the support of “la Caixa” Obra Social Foundation and the Perelada Group.
Finalitza la Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer amb èxit de participació
Date: 9 de October de 2017
La Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer (SECAPC), celebrada del 29 de setembre al 8 d’octubre i que cada any organitza la Federació Catalana d’Entitats contra el Càncer (FECEC), finalitza amb èxit de participació.
Enguany l’espot de la campanya #menjasaimoute17 ha estat protagonitzat pels actors de TV3 de la sèrie ‘Merlí’, Candela Antón i Marcos Franz que han fet una crida a la participació ciutadana perquè enviï les seves fotos menjant sa o fent activitat física i la comparteixi a les xarxes amb el hashtag #menjasaimoute17 per participar en el sorteig de dues càmeres Go Pro.
Juntament amb aquests actors, la Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer ha tingut el suport del cuiner Ismael Prados, del Campus de l’Alimentació de la UB que va dirigir el taller de menús saludables i del fundador del portal Adolescents.cat, Ernest Codina que va presentar la matinal #menjasaimoute17 celebrada el 4 d’octubre al mercat de la Guineueta.
Enguany la FECEC també va convidar als alumnes de 3er d’ESO de quatre instituts del barri de la Guineueta. A més l’espot i la falca de la campanya s’ha pogut veure a BTV, La Xarxa, Canal Salut, la xarxa de transports municipals TMB i TRAM de Barcelona, Rac1 i el Canal de la Fundació DiR.
Més d’una vintena d’activitats i espectacles per tot Catalunya
A banda de la campanya #menjasaimoute17, les activitats de la SECAPC han inclòs una vintena de tallers i espectacles dirigits a un públic de totes les edats amb l’objectiu de conscienciar la població sobre la necessitat d’adoptar estils de vida saludables per prevenir el càncer.
En total s’han organitzat una dotzena de tallers de confecció de menús. Aquests tallers tenien la finalitat de donar eines i recursos per implementar les recomanacions alimentàries bàsiques per tenir una dieta sana i equilibrada. Aquesta activitat ha estat impartida per nutricionistes-dietistes col·legiats.
L’altra activitat organitzada dins la SECAPC, l’espectacle infantil ‘Hort d’en Marçal’, s’ha representat a més d’una desena de municipis. Aquest espectacle destinat a nens d’entre 5 i 7 anys explicava mitjançant titelles les propietats de la fruita i la verdura i anava acompanyat d’un taller per fer una brotxeta de fruita. Aquesta activitat ha tingut una participació de més de 3000 persones i una valoració molt positiva per part dels professors.
La SECAPC, que anualment celebra la FECEC, vol conscienciar la població sobre la importància d’adquirir hàbits saludables per prevenir el càncer. Hi destaquen dues recomanacions comunes: d’una banda, la ingesta diària de cinc peces de fruita i/o verdures, com a mínim, i de l’altra, la realització de 30 minuts d’activitat física moderada cada dia.
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