Last Tuesday, September 26, the historic Alfonso XIII ship was the setting for the celebration of a literary event. On this occasion, it was a poetry recital in which three authors (Mireia Calafell, Antoni Clapés and Corina Oproae) participated, within the framework of the “La Vila en Vers” festival.

Mireia Calafell (Barcelona, 1980) has published several award-winning books such as Poètiques del cos (Galerada, 2006), Costures (Viena Ediciones, 2010) and Tantes mudes (Periférico Ediciones, 2014). In 2019 she won the Mallorca Poetry Prize with the collection of poems Nosaltres, qui (La Breu, 2020). Antoni Clapés (Sabadell, 1948) is, in addition to being a poet, translator, editor of Café central for more than thirty years and promoter of several projects in the field of visual arts. In the field of poetry, Clapés has published more than twenty titles, the last of which is Clars, aquest matí, són els teus records (La Breu, 2020), a compilation of his most notable works in which he reflects about language, silence and poetry. Finally, Corina Oproae (Fagaras, Romania, 1973), also a poet and translator who has lived in Catalonia since 1998, has published A Thousand and One Deaths (La Grúa, 2016), Intermitencias (Editorial Sabina, 2018), Temprana Eternidad (Book Hunt , 2019) La mà que tremola (Balbec, 2020) and Desde donde amar (Pre-textos, 2021).

At the Familia Torres Foundation we support culture and art, being one of our priority areas of action, collaborating with cultural entities to bring culture and its benefits to the majority of the population.

After the recital, attendees were able to enjoy a glass of wine.

The social entity ACTUA Coop is celebrating the II Solidarity March this Sunday, May 21. This second edition is presented as a circular route to facilitate the free circulation of the participants when the march ends.

The march will leave at 9 a.m. in Assumpció Domènech square in Vilafranca del Penedès and from 11 a.m. activities will begin in this same square.
Registration includes breakfast (sausage or cheese sandwich), gifts, participation in the raffle for various gifts and a series of fun activities for children and adults.

In the middle of the route, the vendors will make a small stop in the garden of the Visitor Center where we will prepare a small snack with fruit, water and cookies for the little ones.

This march can be done by walking or by bicycle, alone or with the family, with or without a dog, … Everyone can participate as they feel most comfortable!

If you are interested, you can register at https://www.ticketic.org/ca/entrades/ii-marxa-solid-ria

From the Fundación Familia Torres we collaborate with ACTUA in its Espai Familiar project, providing extra psychological support to boys and girls who live temporarily in the CRAE Toni Inglés.

The residential educational action centers (CRAE) have as their social function to help and education to those minors who are in a family situation with serious problems, which cannot be resolved in this family environment.

On February 7, the second solidarity dinner organized by Mans Unides was held at the Semproniana restaurant run by chef Ada Parellada. All the dinner dishes were cooked with food discarded from the commercial circuit that, if not used for this dinner, would have been wasted.

A total of 75 people attended, including the Minister of Social Affairs of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Director of Cooperation of the Barcelona City Council, as well as members and friends of the entity.

Everyone was able to taste the wines that were donated from the Familia Torres Foundation, specifically Jean Leon Xarel·lo for the first course and Atrium Merlot for the second.

The collection obtained was 2,806 euros, which will be used to buy food for the Syrian population affected by the terrible earthquakes, which have left thousands of people homeless. This contribution is added to the €40,000 that have already been sent from the headquarters of Manos Unidas for emergency aid due to the earthquake.

“After the devastating earthquake, with its epicenter in southern Turkey, which took place in the early hours of Monday, February 6, and which has left thousands dead, injured and missing in the south of the country and in the north of neighboring Syria , Manos Unidas has been in direct and permanent contact with its local partners in Aleppo, one of the Syrian cities hardest hit by the earthquake.”

If you are interested in making private donations, you can do so through the website https://colabora.manosunidas.org

This December, the social entity BarcelonActua celebrates 10 years since its creation.

BarcelonActua is a project that was born with a clear vision: to create a socially cohesive Barcelona, ​​sensitive, supportive and involved in the social reality that surrounds it. A united Barcelona that, in the short and medium term, contributes to avoiding social exclusion and that, in the long term, allows us to enjoy the privilege of living in a city that is internationally benchmark in terms of citizen social responsibility.

In the act of celebration, a tour of the history of the foundation was made through its main milestones, told by the beneficiaries themselves and representatives of the collaborating entities.

This is how the work of the Torres Family Foundation, an entity that has supported BarcelonActua for five years, became evident. Mireia Torres, president of the foundation, had the opportunity to share our experience with those present.

Although our beginnings were specific, focused on young people and women in vulnerable situations who did not have the resources to access university or training courses, our relationship has intensified over the last few years until we became part of the BAC family.

In recent years we have prioritized the Women of the World program, with the aim of generating opportunities for women in vulnerable situations, most of them single mothers, empowering them through the creation of an intimate and comfortable space where they can share experiences and help each other. In this space, they also share tools and resources to access training courses, job offers and language improvement.

This 2021 our contribution has allowed us to grow and offer the Families of the World program, supporting more than 70 families. Through volunteers, 18 children have been offered school support online and 16 face-to-face, food aid to all families and coaching to 50 women: 28 of them have attended language classes and 25 have started professional training with excellent results. 7 of them already have a stable job! Among them, Yolanda (appears in the photo), beneficiary in 2019 and 2020 of a scholarship to improve employability financed by the Torres family Foundation, who has created her own business!

On April 25, the poet from Vilafranca del Penedès Santi Borrell presented his new book, a study on the vineyard and wine of the Penedès of the last 170 years.

With this work, Santi gives us an historical account of almost 170 years, detailed and careful, which helps us to remember where we come from and to value our history and our legacy.

The presentation was held at the Consell Comarcal de l’Alt Penedès, whose table was chaired by the representatives of the institutions that have collaborated with the book such as the DO Penedès, Enoturisme Penedès, Ajuntament de Vilafranca and the Familia Torres Foundation.

Mireia Torres, as president of Familia Torres Foundation, made participants participate in the priorities of the Foundation: helping children, contributing to improving the health of vulnerable groups, promoting the empowerment of women, supporting culture and helping to areas affected by natural disasters.

The Familia Torres Foundation has collaborated with the publication of Santi Borrell’s work on our beloved Penedès.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among men and the second among women and its incidence is still very high: it is estimated that during their lives, 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women becomes ill with cancer.

Our fundraising day to support La Marató de TV3 will be held on Saturday, December 1st, in the Alfonso Thirteenth room in Vilafranca del Penedès.

For this edition we will consolidate the coordinated activities during the morning and conclude the day with a popular lunch, various performances, raffles and other surprises.

We have the cause, the date, the place, the material, the activities, but we need the most important thing: the collaborators who want to participate as volunteers on the day of the event.

Implica’t amb La Marató.