To everyone who, day by day, watches over our health, often putting their own on the line:
2020 has proven to us that superheroes do not always wear capes. They are ordinary people with ordinary jobs, people like you and me, but who in emergencies change utterly, leaving aside their own fears and needs.
From ProDunas we want to thank you for all the work you are doing to take care of us in the most generous and closest of ways. Your essential professionalism shows in the personal support you give to those affected by this disease and those in lockdown. This situation should teach us all to appreciate what we have.
ProDunas wants to send everyone who is affected by the virus a very warm message of encouragement. You are very courageous and strong. It won’t be long until all this is a thing of the past and it will be nothing more than a science fiction story we can tell our grandchildren. We will get through this together. You are not alone; we think of you all the time and we support you in your fight even if it has to be from a distance. We can best help you by staying at home. That way you will get better and faster.
And for everyone in lockdown, we want to cheer you up and try to brighten your days. We can’t go to see you but we have thought of different things the whole family can do together. You can find these suggestions on our website.
The thousands of doctors, health care personnel, volunteers, as well as the UME and the Security Forces are right now in the front line, but when the worst has passed and the lockdown is over, we ordinary people will be the reinforcements that will, little by little, get the country back to normal. It is up to us to stay in shape (mentally, psychologically and physically) so that we can live up to the standard these superheroes have shown us.
Keep smiling! Remember – we’re all in this together.
With our appreciation and gratitude,
The ProDunas team
AT HOME WITH YOU - WEEK 6
WE ARE CLOSE TO YOU
ProDunas wants to feel useful these days, so we has set out to design a page on our website with suggestions to liven up the day to day grind during these weeks of lockdown.
We will publish suggestions for people of all ages: reading material, films and drawings, so that the especially the smallest ones in the house can, for example, spend some time colouring in the drawings. We are thinking of all the children who are stuck at home. This way they can learn something about the Marbella dunes.
If you would like to take part, please colour the drawings in this page and send them back by email to: email@example.com. Please indicate the name and age of the child, and the school s/he goes to. When our lives get back to normal, we will publish the drawings on this same page – we will consult with the Teachers and put together an evaluation Jury with those who would like to help. We look forward to receiving your drawings and we hope you like this idea.
If there is another category you would like us to include, please send us an email with your suggestion: firstname.lastname@example.org – we will try to include it the following weeks.
Pictures to colour
Movies and documentaries
THE SALT OF THE EARTH
For forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado (Brazil) has travelled all the continents capturing the changes in humanity. He is a witness to great events that have shaped our recent history: international conflicts, famine, exoduses, etc. Now he is on his way to virgin territories with outstanding landscapes, discovering wild fauna and flora in this vast photographic project, a tribute to the beauty of the planet. His son Juliano, who accompanied him on his latest journeys, and Wim Wenders, also a photographer, share their view of his life and work with us.
THE MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
Documentary about the migration of penguins in Antarctica. Every year in Antarctica an exciting and beautiful journey takes place. Hundreds of thousands of Emperor penguins leave the safety of the ocean to venture into the frozen desert land – a region so tough and extreme that no other living being dares to inhabit it. The entire penguin community marches through this difficult ice landscape. They keep going with determination and courage, driven by their need to reproduce so that their species will survive. This is the story of a family of these penguins. How after tens of kilometres and after laying a single egg, the mother returns to the sea to feed while the father stays to incubate the egg, waiting for the mother to return. The fathers spend 4 months incubating the egg, during which time they cannot feed. After the little ones hatch out, the mothers only have 48 hours to return from the ocean with food in their craw for the hatchlings or they will not survive. All of them will all be subject to extreme survival conditions with temperatures of minus 40° centigrade, and all for the survival of the species.
Handmade crafts using recycled materials
How to make a butterfly feeder out of recycled objects
– 1 Cardboard inner tube from a toilet roll.
– 5 plastic recyclable bottle caps.
– 1 recyclable drinking straw.
– Half a lemon and some over ripe fruit.
– Gift wrapping paper.
– Coloured (thin) cardboard.
– Chenille (fuzzy wool)
– Stick of glue.
Start by wrapping the cardboard with the wrapping paper. The best results will come if this is in shades of red or yellow that catch butterflies’ attention. Then use the scissors to punch two holes in the cardboard and stick the straw through these. Then decorate it like a flower full of multi-coloured petals. It should end up looking like this:
Now you have the support made and you have to organise the feeders. Do this by gluing the bottle caps around the ends of the cardboard roll. Once it is dry, use the chenille to make a handle and cover the base of the bottle caps with the felt. This will keep them from sliding round. Use the lemon and over ripe fruit as bait!
– Cardboard inner tube from a toilet roll.
– Tempera paint in two shades of green and red.
– Paint brush.
– Green cardboard.
– Sheet of white paper.
– Black marker.
– Stick of glue.
Start by painting the cardboard roll dark green. Once it has dried, make the frog’s spots light green and paint the inside red. Then flatten one side of the roll and glue it on the inside to keep it in shape. Cut out the frog’s legs from the cardboard and glue them to the cardboard roll.
Make a fly out of cardboard and glue one end to the twine, and stick the other to the inside of the frog’s mouth. Make the eyes out of the white paper and black marker and – voila!
Flower pots made out of recycled bottles
To make these pretty flower pots in the shape of a unicorn, the first thing is to draw the outline of the ears, nose and horn on a sheet of paper. Then, trace this outline on the bottle with a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Finally all you have to do is paint the ears, the horn and the cheeks and the draw the eyes with a permanent marker.
– A white plastic bottle
– Paint for use on blackboards
– Masking tape
– Permanent marker
– A paint brush
– A sheet of white paper
Sudoku for seniors
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Asociación ProDunas Marbella
The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.