Pepe Martínez, Joan Hunt and Mecedes Muñoz
Both of us, Mercedes Muñoz and Pepe Martínez (the writer) have formed a part of the volunteer team since the year 2002. When we retired, we came to live to Fuengirola and got in touch with CUDECA. We wanted to help out with a charity whose aim was to help the weaker section of out society: the sick. We wanted to belong to a group where we would feel a part of it. For this and other personal reasons we found our way to what is today the Cudeca Foundation.
We have been very fortunate is supporting an excellent organisation with clear objectives and offering real help to persons suffering from advanced cancer. The charity is let by Joan Hunt, a lady with valuable business and human qualities. The Medical Director is Dr. Marisa Martín and the Financial Director Rafael Olalla.
This is a democratic organisation where money plays an important role as it is used to care for the patient’s needs, as all the care offered is free.
In CUDECA transparency is of prime importance, from the way the income is controlled in the Fundraising Dept., to its administration and the way it is spent. We must be realistic in that the economic aspect is the backbone that maintains any initiative.
We have seen this charity grow over ten years as volunteers. The charity shops form an important part of the moneys raised. Mercedes has been helping out every Thursday in the Artesano Charity Shop in Arroyo de la Miel for these last ten years, together with her workmate Matilde, who happened to introduce us to Cudeca. We have helped out in the first Walkathons, which continues to grow every year. We may even compete “sine Díe” with the New York Marathon! During the Sunflower Campaign, we always shake tins at the Corpus Christi day in Benalmadena Pueblo, as well as supporting many other events during the course of the year.
Over the years, we have seen this Charity grow, overcoming obstacles with determination and consistency.
I think that the mixture of British and Spanish people is in great part the reason for the support and recognition received from the community which we serve.
I would like to emphasise a point which I consider important and that is the time dedicated to training carried out by the Medical Dept., either as Cudeca initiatives, organising courses, or with the support of medical concerns specialising in palliative care. Training in any field is what makes the world progress.
Ten years on, we are still here, perhaps with a little less energy but with the same enthusiasm, because, as we see it, “This is just the beginning”.