It is hard for those who haven’t been to Barcelona to be aware of what St. George’s festivity means for the city. And I said festivity, which is not an exact term, because Sant Jordi is no official holiday in Catalonia, but it instead is a business day with an intensity that I would say that surpasses that one felt in other official celebrations in the community. Thousands of students (from all ages), couples and families go out and come to the city centre to get a rose and a book that after will be given to that chosen person. And on Monday, Barcelona was again a party of the majority, undeniably popular, so much that the cutbacks with all their bad auguries couldn’t drown it.
Fundació Roger Torné, for its first time, took part in Saint George’s festivity, joining the hundreds of stands that flooded the centre of Barcelona. Our white, red, blue and multi-coloured roses sold out in the beginning of the afternoon and although we could not present the third tale of the Mapendo Collection, ‘Me llamo Agua’, Mabel Piérola (inexhaustible and generous, Mabel), greeted everybody and signed copies of her other story books. When, in the end of the day, we arrived home, we were exhausted but also satisfied for having handed information to dozens of families who, in some cases, expressed their worries to us.
To all of them, to the ones that came to visit us, to the ones that accepted our information gladly, to the ones that took photos to our witches, to those that bought roses and books, to the ones that made possible that Fundació Roger Torné participated in the joy that for one day was lived in the street, thank you. We keep an unforgettable memory. And now, without stopping, we are getting prepared to flood the network with information about asthma. May’s Inspira will include numerous guest firms that, from different perspectives and angles (school, pollution, sustainability and tobacco) will deal with factors that have influence in a disease that nowadays affects between 8 and 15 out of 100 scholars in our country. It is not a minor issue. For the 2012 awareness campaign , we have the privilege to cooperate with AEPap (Asociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primaria), an entity which is engaged with children’s health and that works with Fundació Roger Torné to offer serious and rigorous information to the families , with no unnecessary alarmism, about how to prevent and control asthma.
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