It takes a village

(L) Nick, Dr Stoma, Sebastian and Brad

(L) Nick, Dr Stoma, Sebastian and Brad

Remember the summer of 2013? It seems such a long time ago now doesn’t it? Remember those two crazy boys who sailed around the island in their little dinghy to raise money for Mediterranea and Associacion Ondine? Nick and Sebastian (only 15 and 16 years old) hopped into their sailing boat called Rocky and circumnavigated the island in eleven days. They will never forget the summer of 2013 as they raised awareness for the charities and went through a rite of passage themselves. They made their parents, families and friends very proud, and they enlisted the help of 563 people who sponsored them, supported them, and encouraged them.

What’s that saying about it taking a village to raise a child? It takes more than one person to teach a child the ways of the world. It’s the idea that this influence, the impact that individuals and groups outside of the family have on young people, for better or for worse, is a crucial part of growing up. Some people say that it only takes a family to raise a child, not a village. But there does come a point in your life when however much you love your family you need to learn from other people as well. This is one of the wonderful things about bringing a child up in Mallorca: the community around you as a parent, again for better and for worse (I can do without some people’s opinions, but then I guess they can probably do without mine, sometimes they spill out of me against my will)., is incredible.

This is one of the reasons that I find Sail Aid so moving. Two young men got in a dinghy and sailed around the island. They had to rely to some extent on their wits, and on their ability to meet (in their words) Very Nice People. Of course their families were there backing them up, driving to meet them at the end of the day to check they were okay, but there was a definite elasticizing of the apron strings as they sailed further away from their mums. However all the way on their journey they found people who wanted to help them, who wanted to give them a meal or a shower or help them with the boat, so the village, or in our case, the island was teaching them about some of the best parts of human nature.

I proudly count myself amongst the ranks of Very Nice People, as I helped them to set up their blog and Facebook page, and helped them to initially get in touch with the newspapers. And I am very happy to announce that on Thursday December 5th at 7pm the Sail Aid guys will give a talk to The Supper Club at Mood Beach. They will be selling the book that they have written about their amazing summer of 2013. Hope you can join me and them and encourage these two remarkable young people.

 

 

Click here for Sail Aid.

Click here for Mediterranea.

Click here for Ondine.

 

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