The Costa del Sol based charity ADIMI, which works to improve the quality of life for children and young people with varying levels of disability as well as offering vital support for their families, has had its funds boosted by a €10,000 donation from Club La Costa World Resorts & Hotels.
The work of the charity is close to Club La Costa’s heart and through its charitable arm, The Smile Foundation, the company has been a major sponsor of its aim to create the pioneering Cruz Dias/ADIMI Hospital in Mijas. And now it looks like the long cherished dream is near to becoming a reality – the project is in the final stages of gaining permissions, and work is set to move back into top gear, with the hope of completing the much needed hospital by the end of 2012.
The President of ADIMI, Julio Diaz, received a cheque from Antonia Hagelen McIntosh, Secretary of The Smile Foundation, at CLC’s resort site outside Fuengirola. He said:”Our work makes a real difference for many families, but like many others, we have been affected by the current economic difficulties and feared we would have to make some difficult choices. This donation enables us to continue to support families and help in the personal development of so many young people.”
ADIMI (Asociación de Discapacitados Mijeños) was set up in 1999 by the parents of numerous children with varying levels of disability. Since then it has developed a busy programme of activities and built a team of professionals, all tasked with helping young people with disabilities to reach their full potential. The activities include speech therapy, reading skills, swimming, theatre, ceramics and painting and the charity’s work fills the void in local services.
The new state-of-the-art Cruz Dias/ADIMI Hospital, costing €3 million, will provide professional and medical staff, and offer a significant expansion in the number of activities and services available, including day centre provision for the seriously disabled, a selection of therapy rooms, gymnasium and pool. It will also offer in-hospital care, giving much needed respite to parents who devote their lives to their children, as well as ensuring the well-being and future of young people when their parents are no longer around.
Club La Costa founded The Smile Foundation in 1999. The charity is dedicated to providing support, including material items, to worthwhile projects and causes in the local communities of southern Spain, and Tenerife. Club La Costa chairman Roy Peires has always felt that there is a social and moral obligation to support the local community where members of staff are privileged to live and work and where clients can have enjoyable vacations.
Employees and guests at Club La Costa resorts have contributed to the Foundation’s work through donations and fund raising activities and the company absorbs all the charity’s associated administration and publicity costs. None of the committee members receives a salary or claims any expenses in respect of their work for the Foundation and 100% of all donations reach their intended destination. Through The Smile Foundation, Club La Costa has made substantial contributions to two major charitable projects: the €3 million Cruz Dias/ADIMI Hospital and the Cudeca cancer care hospice in Benalmádena.