By Margaret Sheard …
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What a year it was during 2017 with so many people helping Tulips – Help Those with Cancer Association either by organising events or making donations to help those many people who are suffering with cancer and need support from Tulips and hardly has the New Year started when we noticed a new event being planned as follows.
By Margaret Sheard …..
We have recently received information from Vicki Karaca of the Black Olive Cafe in Alsancak which included a proposal to do something for Alzheimers sufferers in North Cyprus. Currently, it seems there is no support for Alzheimers or Dementia and Vicki would dearly love to do something to help the families of people suffering from these illnesses.
In the regular news feeds from Vicky Karaca at the Black Olive Cafe we noted her advice which we are sharing with our readers in the event that they may have to call for a TRNC 112 Ambulance.
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely Cyprus weather and feeling like coming out of hibernation to raise more money for equipment for the Girne Hospital and the Emergency Services.
We had reason to call an ambulance for someone about a week ago, we were in Alsancak and the response time was less than ten minutes and it was so rewarding to see the efficiency of the crew and the fully equipped ambulance – very different to a few years ago!
You can all pat yourselves on the back, knowing that we have all helped in some way to help achieve this. On a serious note, some of the people that witnessed the lady who was taken ill did not know how to call an ambulance.
TO CALL AN AMBULANCE YOU JUST DIAL 112!! ( No other code is necessary – just 112) Please pass on this information to anyone who does not know this.
Please may I also tell you that we have a First Aid Training course being hosted by the Anglo Turkish Association at the Black Olive Cafe as under.
WHAT: 3 day first aid training program by CESV (Civil Emergency Services Volunteers)
WHEN: Mon 22nd, Weds 24th, Fri 26th May 2017
TIME: 11.30am – 4.30pm each day
VENUE: Black Olive Cafe, Alsancak
COST: 175TL for the 3 days. To include a light lunch and unlimited tea/coffee throughout the day.
Monies minus the cost of lunches to be donated to CESV for the purchasing of necessary equipment.
More information can be obtained from Pearl – firstname.lastname@example.org”
By Suzie Heijari ……
I have tried to make the prices as low as possible, but you will see that the more workshops you are able to attend, the more discount you get.
To see the full programme and prices, click here
By Chris Elliott……..
We live our lives from one minute to the next and perhaps do not even consider what we would do if we encountered the need for emergency first aid. Well now our local readers have the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the Anglo Turkish Association at the Black Olive Cafe in Alsancak.
This will be a 3 day first aid training program by CESV (Civil Emergency Services Volunteers) and having been part of the CESV/112 group in the past and reported on many of their activities, this is a must event for those that want to be prepared if they may ever have an emergency situation to deal with.
By way of helping CESV raise funds to purchase much needed equipment ATA has organised a first aid training course led by CESV. This was primarily for its members but has been opened up to non-members who might be interested.
More information can be obtained from Pearl Mitchell, Chairman of the Anglo Turkish Association of Northern Cyprus (ATA) by email on email@example.com.
By Vicki Karaca …..
There will be yoga classes at The Black Olive Cafe/Studio, Alsancak, which are suitable for beginners to advanced levels.
The classes will be starting on Friday 24th March from 9am to 10.15am and will be 20TL.
Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Given that the word has such an open meaning, what should you expect if you attend a hatha yoga class?
Today, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes with no flow between poses. Expect a slower-paced stretching-focused class with some basic pranayama breathing exercises and perhaps a seated meditation at the end. Hatha classes are a good place to work on your alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility.
Is Hatha Yoga for You?
Try a hatha class if the idea of gentle yoga appeals to you or seems right for your body. It can be a great introduction to yoga, but shouldn’t be mistaken for easy yoga since it can still be challenging both physically and mentally. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts.
By Sue Tilt and Carole King …..
With 5 different classes to choose from there was an opportunity to try out a new exercise, participate in one already known and also indulge in some gorgeous home made cakes and refreshments provided by the lovely Vicki at the Black Olive – what more could you ask for?
Thank you to everyone who participated in the exercises as all the entrance money came to Tulips, thank you to Vicki who gave the room for free and to everyone who treated themselves with some truly scrumptious cakes as Vicki made a donation from the sale of all the refreshments.
In total a fabulous 1,215.60TL was raised!
We would like to thank each and every person involved in the whole day for helping raise such a great sum of money.
Sue and Carole
By Margaret Sheard …..
Why not go along and have some fun, burn some calories (before eating cake!) and raise some money for Tulips!
Sessions are open to all regardless of age and fitness levels. No experience necessary. You can join in as much or as little as you want.
The cafe will be open serving tea, coffee, cakes and hot snacks. 10% of the food and drink sales will go to Tulips.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (ideally trainers) for the sessions.
If you would like to have a go at tap dancing, there will be some tap shoes available.
11.15 -12.00 Zumba
12.00 – 12.45 Disco Diva’s
1.00 – 1.45 Zumba Gold
2.00 – 2.45 Tap Dancing
2.45 – 3.15 Fit ball (Pam Conway)
15 TL for one session
25 TL for two sessions or more
Many of us will have put on a bit of weight over the Christmas period so now here is a chance to try and shed a few pounds.
By Margaret Sheard……
Having met and written about Ahmet Abdulaziz previously, we were keen to see his art exhibition which was held at the Black Olive Cafe in Alsancak on Wednesday 22nd June.
Ahmet greeted us along with his daughter, Rabiya who is currently studying at University, and we admired the many paintings on display. There were some people we knew who had gone along to see the exhibition and I noticed one of the ladies taking home a lovely painting of a white horse, this was also one I particularly liked. Chris took a fancy to another of the paintings and in fact it is now taking pride of place on our bedroom wall. There was also a lovely painting of Naznin, Ahmet’s wife, which he did in 2004 and Rabiya asked if I thought she looked like her mother.
The paintings cover many different aspects and also abstract which shows the great artistic talent of Ahmet and in addition there were some paintings which he had been commissioned to do and he told us he is always keen and happy to do this kind of work. They looked very good to me and I am sure the subjects in the paintings will be more than happy with them. If you would like a personal portrait or perhaps a painting of your pet(s) you can contact Ahmet at his email address firstname.lastname@example.org
We said hello to Vicki Karaca who had made her premises available for the art exhibition and sat and chatted in her lovely outside area and later in the evening we settled down to a lovely plate of canapés, which were very varied and delicious.
I am not an art connoisseur but I do appreciate the talent of people who can paint and bring things to life on canvas and must admit I have always loved lots of paintings and pictures on my walls. Ahmet is one of the people with this wonderful talent and we hope to see more of his work at exhibitions in the future.
As well as being a very accomplished artist Ahmet also runs/walks and this is the subject about which we originally met him and wrote an article – I Run, I Walk.. To see this click here