Mojácar´s “Mascarillas Solidarias” is honoured with an award

 

The 12th Levante Awards, which are organized annually by La Voz de Almería, Cadena Ser and Los 40 to recognize local good works carried out, were recently held in the Vera Auditorium.  It was a special gala day that strictly followed all the necessary current health and safety measures, without detracting from the enjoyment of the event and its splendid organization.

There were eight awards this year, one of which was presented to “Mascarillas Solidarias”, a group of Mojácar volunteers who gave up their own time to make masks for local people and front line workers.  This was an invaluable contribution at the start of the crisis and the confinement period, when these necessary items were in scarce supply.  This initiative earned them the Society Award, shared with the North Sanitary Area, whose efforts were of incalculable value.

“Mascarillas Solidarias” was the idea of Isabel López, a Mojácar resident, who was soon joined by others, until more than 15 volunteers from all walks of life wanted to help and show their solidarity.  Starting at home with whatever they had at hand, the local Council then stepped in by providing materials and the people to distribute the masks to residents door to door, ensuring everyone in need was included.

Isabel López received the Award on behalf of all the Mascarillas Solidarias volunteers, giving thanks for the distinction given to them by La Voz de Almería, Cadena Ser and Los 40, as well as to Mojácar Council for its support.  She added that for group, staying at home “with arms crossed” was not an option when there was an opportunity to help and be useful at such a difficult, uncertain time.

Through their community spirit and efforts, over 6,000 masks were distributed throughout the town, which brought both protection and, a show of solidarity from those who contributed many hours of caring work to help in the fight against contagion.

Isabel López was joined at the event by both the local Health and Culture Councillors, Ana García and Raquel Belmonte, as well as many officials from across the entire Levante Almeriense, newspaper and radio station representatives and the regional press.