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22nd Edition of the Championship for People With an Intellectual Disability

The 22nd edition of the Spanish Petanque Championship for People with an Intellectual Disability has been held in Mojácar, for two days bringing together in the locality more than 400 participants from the 13 sports clubs from seven different communities, 120 sportspeople, technicians, companions and members of the public who didn’t want to miss this sporting event, that sees a greater number of sportspeople taking part in each edition, as well as a noticeable increase in the level of play.

The championship was held at the Mojácar Petanque Sports Club Facilities, with a great sporting atmosphere over the two days of the competition and the emotion of some very close matches in terms of the level of quality of the players and the scoreboards.

The trials were held at three levels of participation in accordance with the sporting discipline’s federative regulations: competition (three), adapted (two) and sports skills (individuals).

In the competition, Rogelio Sánchez Ruiz from CD de Ciudad Real emerged the winner. In the adapted teams, first place went to CD FEDDIG2008 from Madrid, and in shared skills, first position also went to Madrid, with Javier Valdés.

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Mojácar Mayor, Rosa María Cano, attended the prize-giving, accompanied by the Sports Councillor, Francisco Garcia Cerdá, as well as the Provincial Sports Deputy, José Antonio García, the Territorial Delegate for Tourism, Culture and Sport, José Ángel Pérez, the Almería Provincial Council’s adapted sport expert; also not missing the event were José Antonio Antolín, head of the Los Carriles Foundation, and the President of the Los Carriles Foundation, Diego Martínez. All of them representatives of the bodies that organised this event, which has been held in the locality for a long time.

The Mojácar Mayor, Rosa María Cano, expressed her satisfaction on Mojácar, once again, being the venue for a gathering of these characteristics, which goes beyond the practice of sport and that allows the locality to contribute to highlighting the value of the sport as social integration and of a healthy life for everyone, even in the case of having a disability.

She also wanted to thank all the bodies collaborating on the event, as well as the FEDDI for their efforts, for their organisation and for their work throughout the year, and in particular the Los Carriles Foundation for their unconditional support for Mojácar.

In the spirit of everyone, the hope is that the next edition will also be based in Mojácar and that it could be the host of the 22nd Spanish Petanque Championship for People with an Intellectual Disability.

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Mojácar Extends the Period of the Christmas Illuminations

Mojácar’s attractive Christmas decorations thanks to being the winner of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine brighter” contest, added to the offers from traders and the hospitality sector, have made the municipality one of the must-sees this Christmas.

Every night Mojacar receives a large number of visitors, who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere that runs through the whole of the locality’s old town.

Given the raised expectations, Mojácar Council wants to let everyone who wants to gaze at these spectacular illuminations know that they will remain on, for the time being, and as a minimum, until the end of January, not ruling out the possibility of extending this period further and as already announced by the Mayor, Rosa María Cano.

With this decision, Mojácar Council wants to give thanks for the support fired up throughout the province in the campaign to become the competition winners and hence give the opportunity to all those who wish to enjoy the illuminations, without having to rush and without the need to stay within the limited calendar of the traditional dates of Christmas.

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This way Mojácar will shine brighter for longer and remain open for many more dates to be able to come to the municipality.

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Firefighters Donate Three Fire Engines to the Centre for the Hospitalised Children

The Levante Almeriense Firefighters’ Association has been to the paediatrics department to visit the hospitalised children and to make a donation of three fire engines for them to use during their hospital stay on these such important days.

These trucks are automatic and able to be steered by the parents of the hospitalised children or by the children themselves if they are a bit older. They also have a built-in Bluetooth music selection system, sirens, and are equipped with lights for emergencies.

The fire engines have been decorated by the firefighters themselves with all the emblems, shields and anagrams to make them replicas as similar as possible to the ones that they use. They have also devised a special system for fixing a hook so that there is the possibility of hanging IV bags or medications and they can be used by everyone without any hindrance.

They were received at the Huércal-Overa Inmaculada Hospital by the Health Delegate, Juan de la Cruz, the Inmaculada Hospital Manager, José Miguel Medina, and the paediatrics service Management Team and health personnel, who thanked them for their generosity towards the hospitalised children and their parents, an appointment they don’t fail to keep both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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For their part, the members of the Levante Almeriense Firefighters Consortium feel very pleased at having been able to repeat this visit that they never miss at Christmas, except those required due to lock down, and for having managed to bring happiness and smiles to the patients and their parents, making them forget the hospital routine, even if it is only for one morning; one of the aims that, for years, they have fulfilled at this time of year.

A touching gesture by the Levante Almeriense Firefighters team, which together with other initiatives, such as collaboration with different NGOs, sports events, etc., expresses their closeness to and their wish to be in contact with the public.

Added to the important work that the firefighters carry out in our society, they go a step further in their commitment to solidarity and assistance, with this type of initiative.

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The Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons is Celebrated in Mojácar

As has become a regular in Mojácar’s Christmas celebrations, the locality’s two most important religious communities came together for the Festival of Nine Lessons, a meeting of Catholic and Anglican faithful gathered around the reading of Genesis, in both languages, as well as an exchange of traditional Christmas carols from both cultures.

The celebration was officiated by the Mojácar Santa María Catholic Church Parish Priest, Victor Manuel Fernández, and the Costa de Almería Anglican minister, Alwyn Carter.

As is customary, the gathering was held in the Mojácar Santa María Parish Church, and was attended by Spanish and British faithful, Catholics and Anglicans, who jointly and emotionally celebrated this time of Advent, a prelude to the most important days of the year for the faithful of both communities.

The readings by the faithful begin with the Old Testament. By the hand of the prophet Isiah the birth of Jesus is announced and through the apostles Luke, Matthew and John, the impact of his birth on the world is related. The lessons, in Spanish and English, are interspersed with Christmas carols, also typical of both cultures.

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The Anglican tradition of holding the Nine Lessons Festival during Advent dates back to 1880, when the Archbishop of Canterbury designed the service for the eve of Christmas in Cornwall in the UK. It’s a service of nine short lessons from the Bible in which the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is usually outlined.

The ceremony ended with the performance by the British and Spanish faithful of the well-known carol “Adeste fideles” (O Come, All Ye Faithful), sung in the original Latin.

Decorated for Christmas, the Santa María Parish Church, has an addition to its original charm as a place of meditation, highlighting the Parish Nativity scene, which is always set up by the Mojácar parishioners.

The Nativity, of great beauty, is the work of the Murcian creator Jesús Griñán from the locality Puente Tocinos, where there are the best Nativity scene makers in Murcia, and which has a grand modelling tradition.

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Although the central figures of the Nativity scene have been in the parish for a long time, new passages from the life of Jesus have been acquired over time from the same sculptor, so that today it is a display of great artistic and cultural value with movable figures that recreate the different trades of the time.

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