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The Respiralia Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary in an emotional event at the Agora Portals School Auditorium. During the event, an overview of his brief but intense history was given, the 2016 FQ Balear Award was delivered to Xavier Pons and Carlos Pons, Manager Director of the Respiralia Foundation, received an award for his task against CF.
Approximately 200 people, including authorities, sponsors, professionals, volunteers and friends of the Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis families could recall many moments experienced during these 10 years of fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Carlos Pons told some of the anecdotes that occurred since 2003, when Pere Galiana decided to put the name “Respiralia” to all activities carried out by the Balearic Association for Cystic Fibrosis, while pictures depicting memorable moments and people that have made possible that we have grown so much were shown and also the videos recorded by Peliculas Suecas for several years in Formentera.
After the presentation, the President of the Respiralia Foundation, Teresa Llull, addressed those present to thank the Balearic society support in achieving our successes. Then, Jose Ramon Bauza, former President of the Balearic Government and current Senator for the Balearics, gave a speech to sponsors of the Foundation to continue supporting worthy causes, including the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. To end the institutional speeches, Marga Frontera, Director General of Accreditation, Formation and Research in health, representing the President of the Balearic Government, thanked the work of the Foundation and indicated the importance of research into diseases such as the one our children have.
Following the event schedule, the video recorded and produced by Manu Luna and Neus Fernández, two volunteers faithful to the appointment of Formentera for serveral years already, camera and microphone in hand, was presented.
The next star of the evening was our volunteer Xavier Pons, awarded with the 2016 FQ Balear Prize, an exceptional person who exudes generosity and solidarity with just 21 years old.
Once announced the Gospel group “Euphonix” performance, our physiotherapist Monica Ferrer climbed the stage by surprise, representing the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association and the Board of the Foundation Respiralia. In an emotional speech, she invited to step up the stage to different people involved in the daily life of the Foundation, as some service users and some physiotherapists, or who made this day could be held as Pere Galiana. To end the speech, she addressed the audience to recognize the work of the Manager Director, Carlos Pons, throughout his career as head of the Association and the Foundation. Carlos Pons picked up the recognition plate and thanked all present for their collaboration because they make his task easier.
At this time, the Gospel group “Euphonix” played 4 songs only with the help of their wonderful voices, being a perfect end to a very special event.
You can see the pictures of the event at this link.