Taking Ainara to their hearts
If you saw a huge number of bikers riding around the north of Tenerife recently, you should know they were drawing attention to a good cause. Around 200 motor-cyclists had gathered in the plaza del Adelantado in La Esperanza to show their plight for Ainara Morales Cordero, a little girl who is always smiling despite battling all her life against illness.
Tenerife has taken Ainara to their hearts because she suffers from severe curviture of the spine and has to travel regularly with her family from the island to Madrid for treatment. Well wishers have been holding regular fund-raising to help pay for this and each year for the last five years, the motor-cyclists have gathered in force for their benefit event.
From 10am in the morning, bikers from all parts of the island and the other islands as well travelled into El Rosario before embarking on the traditional journey. On their return, a massive paella was served to an estimated 1,500 people for a small fee of three euros to help Ainara. There was also a children’s party. Ainara is now six years of age and has to wear a special corset. She has undergone several operations but remains cheerful despite the pain. She has appeared on television and has her own Facebook page. Her family have once again expressed their thanks to all those who turned out for the ride and for the continuing support of everyone who is helping in their plight. Source: Tenerife News
Lanzarote boat wins “catch and release” fishing tournament
A major fishing tournament where competitors always return their catches to the ocean was won by a boat from Lanzarote. The fourth Bertram tournament was celebrated at the San Miguel Marina in Tenerife and was won by “El Marlin”. The boat, owned by Juan José Farray, secured the catch and subsequent release of a blue marlin and dorado, accumulating 1,009 points.
The San Miguel Marina is the only one in Tenerife able to host an event of this nature because of its extensive facilities which can cater for a large number of boats, its strategic location and its calm waters. Read full story in Tenerife News
Red Cross distributes food in the province of Santa Cruz
The Red Cross has started the distribution of a total of 197,797 kilos of food from food aid Plan 2014, which is estimated to benefit more than 27,000 people particularly vulnerable in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The food will go to 62 charities. Source La Informacion
Lidl open in Puerto de Santiago
Lidl has opened its new store in Puerto de Santiago, creating 30 new jobs. The chain already has more than 18 branches in the Canary Islands and intends to add another two by the end of 2014. It has represented an investment of 4.3 million euros, has a sales area of over 1,100 square metres and 82 parking spaces. The opening hours are 8am to 10pm Monday to Sunday. The branch has 40 staff members in total, 30 of which are new jobs and has been constructed to follow environmental and energy-saving guidelines. Tenerife News
Helsinki to Tenerife up to five times per week
The airline Finnair will operate up to five times a week to the Finnish capital, Helsinki from Tenerife. Specifically, the route Finnair will launch with the Tenerife South Airport will begin on September 19 and run until March 28, 2015, covering the entire winter season (the largest influx of these travellers to the Island). The same applies to the Tenerife North airport, which opens on 15 October this year to conclude on 25 March next.
Last year 110,000 Finnish tourists and a total of 500,000 from the Nordic countries (Finland over Denmark, Norway and Sweden) spent their holidays in Tenerife, this was an increase of 9 percent over 2012. The number of Russian travellers in 2013 amounted to 185,000, representing an increase of 32 percent. Source: Turismo de Tenerife
A taxi driver returned a lost wallet
The Hotel Association and Extrahotelera Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro (Ashotel) , applauds the “honesty” and “professionalism” of a taxi driver from Granadilla de Abona
Last Sunday an airport taxi driver found a wallet that contained 1,000 euros but no ID or passport, only a photocopy of the reservation of a hotel in the south of Tenerife. Following the discovery and after speaking with the National Police in the airport, who were responsible for locating the hotel and the tourist, the driver’s delivered the wallet to its immensely grateful owner.
Ashotel President Jorge Marichal, said “the driver is the first and last worker contacting the tourists who visit us, so actions like this show not only the professionalism of this group, but the security that exists within Tenerife and the Canary Islands as a tourist destination.” Source Europa Press
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