Fun in the Sun - Thalidomide Trip to Tenerife

Posted on Thursday 15th January, 2015

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The following information has come to us from Claudia Schmidt-Herterich from the NRW and Cologne Contergan Associations

Hello everybody,

Yes, we made it! More than 200 people showed interest in our world meeting in July 2015, which is just great!

Herewith the information and prices as well as the link to the application/booking form in English thanks to Gregor Wolbring in Calgary. 

We are really looking forward to seeing you all again. 

All the best for the New Year!


Sun and Relaxation
Bienvenidos a Tenerife! Welcome in Tenerife! Willkommen auf Teneriffa! Bienvenue à Tenerife! Benvenuto a Tenerife!!!!

Finally we have all the information together to give you the opportunity to register bindingly for the international World Meeting.  In the fall of 2014, we asked about your interest in this World Meeting and were happy about the great amount of interest from a variety of countries in which thalidomide survivors (Thalidomiders) live; from the UK, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the USA, Spain, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Latin America and of course from Germany. 

The hotel is pre-booked for us and if there are more people than will fit, then we are looking for alternatives nearby for you. 
Welcome are of course the deaf thalidomide survivors among us.  We will have sign language interpreters. 

DATES: 04 - 11th July 2015 - the main event will last for a week, but everyone can stay longer, come earlier. 
WHERE: In Tenerife
HOTEL: Mar Y Sol in Los Cristianos, centrally located but quiet.  Please do not expect a 5 star hotel, but it is a nice hotel, which can accommodate 200 people with a wide variety of disabilities
HOW LONG: as a core time we plan for 7 days, but anyone can stay longer if the hotel room is free.  The additional days will have be paid on the spot.  Please state how long you want to stay. 

In addition to enjoying the sun, (barrier-free) beach and sea, we are planning several activities that you can partake in locally. 
It is possible to drive with wheelchair accessible buses on the island to get to the know El Teide, visit the Loro Park. 
We have discovered a nightclub, where we all fit together which is wheelchair accessible, so that we can "rock out" in the evening. 

Various interested participants have made suggestions or offered to pass on their knowledge to interested people:

  • To organize a chess tournament
  • To offer Qigong
  • To show the art of making chains (jewelery)
  • Painting and photography courses
  • A sports-themed social programme (dance classes, swimming lessons, water gymnastics)
  • Wheelchair rehab sports
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Whale tour the boat
  • A welcome and a farewell evening
  • The creation of a film about the whole week
  • Not to mention activities that you might wish to plan for yourself

We are open for suggestons.  However, it should definitely be discussed with us in advance so we can in the spring then accept the tenders in the preparation for the programme. 

For those in need of dialysis: There is a dialysis station 10 minutes away by taxi in Las Americas
For oxygen dependent persons: It is possible for you to speak with your own suppliers in your own country to see whether they have contractors in Tenerife.  Note: make sure you have the right health insurance. 

For patients: It is possible to arrange from LeRo Care Services support from qualified personnel on site. 

Equipment Requirements: There is the possibility to rent care and mobility equipment from LeRo

Taking dogs: Only service dogs are allowed with a valid certificate.  Please bring the certificate. 

More information will be made available about the meeting in the next few months...  or just ask us.  If you have ideas for workshops please tell us and we will see what's possible. 

DEADLINE: 30.04.2015

Will you be there ?

Then you should fill in our form and then pay the registration fee.  ONLY after transfer of the required amount will your booking be confirmed.  If everything is ok, you will get written confirmation from us. 

Please also buy cancellation insurance so that you avoid unnecessary costs if you can not come in case of illness. 

We are not a travel agent and we can therefore reimburse no costs.  We are not a travel company.  We only offer a booking service. 

You must book your flights yourself. 

Airport transfers can be arranged in wheelchair accessible vehicles.  The extra cost will be €26.00 (to be paid on the spot).  Please specify at time of booking the flight number, airline and flight times.  Regular taxis are available outside the airport. 

What can be booked using the application form?

A room of your choice for a flat rate for 7 nights (4th- 11th July 2015 )
(as long as there is room in the chosen category)

1.  Premium Apartment (2 pers) - €1025.50
2.  Superior Apartment (2 pers) - €822.50
3.  Superior Apartment (3 pers) - €959.00
4.  Comfort Room (2 pers) - €752.50
5.  Standard Apartment (2 pers) - €675.50
6.  Standard Apartment (3 pers) - €812.00
7.  Standard Studio (2 pers) - €518.00
8.  Standard Studio (1 pers) - €332.50

The following benefits are included:

  • HP, half board, usually breakfast (buffet) and dinner ( buffet)
  • Use of the gym and the sports events, swimming pools, etc.
  • Great weather - heat

In addition, for each participating person (even if you stay somewhere else) a solidarity/World Meeting package : €100,00

This figure includes :

  • Sign language interpreter 2 hrs a day
  • Assistance with meals, giving a hand and help the pool and - if necessary - on trips
  • Programme proposals
  • World Meeting office on site - max 2 hrs a day

Reservations are only binding if the booked room AND the lump sum is credited to the account below:
Once the amount has been transferred to our account, we will send confirmation. 

Hope to see you there!

Büro für mobile Dienstleistung
Claudia Schmidt-Herterich
Bensberger Str.  139
51503 Rösrath
Tel.  +49 2205 83520
Fax +49 2205 83586

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