Our surf club Fuerte Tribu was responsible to organize the first Transnational meeting in Fuerteventura and we are happy to say that our international partners of the Erasmus+ project ‘’Sea, Sail and Surf for Parkinson (S4P)’’ arrived on our beautiful island.
We have welcomed them in Hotel Mirador in Playa Blanca, Fuerteventura.
With the Erasmus+ project ‘’Sea, Sail and Surf for Parkinson’’ we want to emphasize the role of sea sports, especially sail and surf, in the rehabilitation of people affected by Parkinson’s disease.
1st DAY – TRANSNATIONAL MEETING
On the first day, each partner presented their organization. We started with the presentation of the project coordinator Mariolè association (ITALY, Sardinia), followed by Fuerte Tribu surf club (SPAIN, Canary Islands), Limolo Association (ITALY, Sardinia), Federación Española De Párkinson (SPAIN), Ankara Sailing Club (TURKEY) and local Parkinson association Fuerte Es la Vida Parkinson No Limits.
After the presentations, we continued our work on the survey template that was prepared by Spanish partner Federación Española De Párkinson. We discussed questions in the survey that were already prepared and added some new, more relevant ones. In the end, we finalized and approved the survey and each partner translated it to their native language. The survey will be sent to PD patients in the latter stages of the project.
On the second day of the Transnational Meeting in Fuerteventura (22.5.2021) we met our international partners in Centro Insular de Juventud Cabildo de Fuerteventura in Puerto del Rosario.
We are proud that local politics came to support our event; the president of Cabildo de Fuerteventura – Segio Lloret, the Social Welfare Counsellor – Adargoma Hernandez Rodriguez, Youth counsellor – Maria Saavedra Hierro, the adviser – Claudio Gutiérrez and the councillor of sports – Jerónimo Lozano Saavedra and Councillor of accessibility – Fiamma Guerra García from the City Council of La Oliva.
Pilar Beneito, the CEO of surf club Fuerte Tribu welcomed all the participants. We continued with the LIVE STREAMING where each partner presented their organization and their role in the project ‘’Sea, Sail and Surf for Parkinson’’.
The live streaming video is accessible here.
After the lunch, we continued with the presentations of good practices from each partner, where they presented and explained different projects where they worked with PD patients and people with movement disorders.
The last day of the 3-days event was the most beautiful one. We organized the Open day for people with Parkinson’s disease and people with disabilities. We asked all international partners to join our volunteers of Fuerte Tribu Surf Club and help with the sports activities on the beach. With the help of the local Parkinson association Fuerte es la Vida Parkinson No Limits we organized Psychomotricity, Qi gong and surfing. It was an incredible experience as we shared different approaches to work with PD patients and people with disabilities. It was interesting to see how Neurologist Nicola Modugno and Physiotherapist Elena Garín Pérez were explaining how we should adapt our work approach to work with PD patients.
Later on, all volunteers were practicing with people with movement disorders in the water. During the day all volunteers helped practicing surfing for people with movement disorders. Fuerte Tribu Surf Club instructors demonstrated how to properly use the special surf equipment adapted to use by people with movement disorders and how to help them to surf.
»We’re all equal before a wave.»