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ICS Care Committee Lends a Helping Hand

Compassionate. Supportive. Open-hearted.

These words describe the ICS Care Committee at any time of year, but this spring they are particularly appropriate. Discover how this special group has been lending a helping hand during these trying times!

 

Care Committee Charity Feeding the Homeless central Madrid January 2020

The Care Committee leads ICS Parents, Students and Staff together in fundraising activities that benefit our local and global communities. One NGO they have been collaborating with is El Campito – Salvando Peludos, a safe haven for at-risk and abandoned animals. With the number of people being hospitalised, many furry friends have been left behind. As a result, countless pets are being acquired by animal shelters and the demand for adoptions have gone up. Several ICS families have adopted pets during this time and we are thrilled that they have welcomed new family members!

Salvando Peludos pandemic pet adoption vet dog

Grade 10 Student Theresia shares how her family came to adopt a dog:

Frustrated by how little we could do against this pandemic we sat down as a family and took the decision to ensure something good would come out of it. Considering everything happening in the world, this was the least we could do. The founder of the organization had just taken in a malnourished, much-neglected puppy who had lost all visibility in one eye. He had slim chances of adoption and was at risk of authorities putting him down.

As the pandemic did not permit us to leave our homes, we had to base the decision on which animal to adopt by a mere photograph…. We have now had Ziggy for three weeks and he is the sweetest! He wants to spend all his time cuddling and playing with us. Apart from being affectionate, he is also clever and has already learned some commands and several fun tricks. We could not have imagined that this dreadful virus would result in a new family member! Theresia, Grade 10 Student
Care Committee Salvando Peludos pet adoption April 2020

The Care Committee also helps by collecting and donating furniture to Proyecto Gloria. This association helps marginalised individuals by giving them the job of collecting, restoring and selling used furniture. Sales of the furniture then help to finance the NGO, improving the quality of life for each member.

 

In addition, the Care Committee has been donating to the Madrid Food Bank, an entity which helps families at risk of social exclusion. Families who would like to help are encouraged to contribute a food basket directly to the organization.

Care Committee food and baby items drive 2019
Our strong community becomes even stronger when we joined in solidarity to help those in need. During the unusual situation we are living through in Madrid, we have been monitoring where our charities need our help and many parents, students and staff are donating and helping in amazing ways, despite the difficulties we may all be facing. It is thanks to their generosity and kindness that the Care Committee can continue to support these good local causes and I feel very proud of the ICS community for their contributions, however big or small. Mónica Otero, Chairperson and Founder of the ICS Care Committee
Care Committee Book Drive El sueño de Vicky 1 posing with books

ICS Students have also been getting creative when it comes to supporting others during this time! Grade 5 Student Felix organised a fundraiser for El Campito - Salvando Peludos. He agreed to let his sister Amelie chop off his long locks as a live Zoom fundraiser.

Felix donated some of his pocket money, and with the help of his family and friends at ICS, he raised a total of €776. He is delighted with his new punk hairstyle and would like to thank everyone who donated to the refuge.

Felix Hair Chop charity Amelie donation hair cut Felix Hair Chop charity Amelie donation hair cut smiling after

We thank the Care Committee and all of the compassionate members of our community for volunteering and promoting positive partnerships, especially during this challenging time.