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Success of the II Vitamin People Meeting
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More than 500 teachers, trainers, parents and parents' associations from all over the Canary Islands attended the meeting

The Chekipa Foundation, belonging to the Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura group with the support of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of Water, Education and Youth, held with great success the II Vitamin People Meeting. The event took place last Saturday, May 25, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute, the oldest secondary school on the island.

The meeting brought together more than 500 people, including teachers, trainers, parents and associations from all over the Canary Islands, standing out for the presence of experts in education, the environment, happiness and self-improvement.

The day began around 9 a.m., with an opening ceremony in which prominent personalities participated. The president of the island, Lola García, gave a few words of welcome, followed by the interventions of Adargoma Hernández, councillor of the area; David de Vera, Mayor of Puerto del Rosario; and Diego Vera, director of IES Santo Tomás de Aquino. After these interventions, Phil Gonzalez, master of ceremonies and also speaker of the meeting, took the stage to introduce the other participants.

The event, considered a true festival of happiness, was a resounding success both in attendance and in the quality of the speakers. Topics addressed included equality education, sport, happiness, responsible use of social media, responsible consumption, physical and mental well-being, and sustainability.

The second edition of this event closed with the commitment to repeat it next year, given the excellent reception.

High-level presentations

Among the speakers were prominent figures such as Alberto Redondo, professor, ethologist and winner of the best international documentary at the Eqqus Film & Art Fest; César Bona, considered one of the best teachers in the world; José Miguel Viñas, expert in air physics and consultant to the World Meteorological Organization; Margarita Álvarez, founder of the Coca-Cola Institute of Happiness, director of the Human Age Institute and one of the 10 key directors of the last three years; Phil González, communication expert and speaker, author of five books on social media and digital disconnection, who also assumed the role of master of ceremonies, delighting the audience with his wit and humor; Lary León, journalist, writer, expert in motivation and positive leadership; and chefs Ángel León, with four Michelin stars, and Martín Berasategui, with thirteen Michelin stars, recognized worldwide for their contribution to gastronomy.

In addition, they were joined by Julio de la Iglesia, TEDAX, trainer and speaker specialized in fear management and decision-making under pressure; Pau Brunet, a young man diagnosed with high-functioning autism, a benchmark in communication and dissemination on the autism spectrum at an international level; Thaïs Henríquez, Olympic bimelladista in synchronized swimming and coach; Juan Antonio Simarro, composer, pianist, music education teacher and theatre, film and television producer; Marta Brule, onco-accompaniment, coach and trainer; Loleta, Gourmand Award-nominated gastronome and author; Jorge Astyaro, one of the best mentalists in the world; Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Sosa, a social educator, has worked with people with disabilities for 31 years; Javi Choren, senior basketball coach and director of the SUMA inclusive basketball project; María González, pedagogue, teacher and advisor in high sensitivity; Alberto Padilla, early childhood education teacher and creator of new educational models; Carlos Cantera; marketing director of Fund Grube and José Miguel Peña, personal trainer and graduate in physical activity and sport.

The day was complete and interactive, standing out for the inclusion of discussion tables and workshops that actively involved the public. Admission was free for all guests, allowing for a wide and diverse participation.

Participants remained attentive until the end of the event, attracted by the high-level presentations and the commitment of the experts, underlining the quality and interest generated by the presentations. In addition to sharing their knowledge during the presentations, the experts integrated themselves into the meal with the audience, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and closeness.

Gastronomic & Cultural Experience

During the meeting, the courtyard of the venue became a gastronomic feast that delighted all attendees. The various stalls set up offered a wide range of tastings, including local wines, artisanal sausages, jams, vegetables, and a selection of cheeses, among many other typical products. The outstanding presence of local food and beverages underlined the commitment to the consumption of products from the region, reinforcing the importance of supporting nearby producers. Volcanic Experience, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands, was in charge of promoting local zero-kilometre products, providing all the food and beverages present at the event.

The festive atmosphere was enriched by the live music of the group "New Klan" who animated those present with their energetic repertoire. In addition, among the interactive activities, attendees enjoyed exploring various artistic techniques in a painting workshop, learning the Japanese art of paper folding in an origami workshop, and experimenting with creative designs in a tattoo workshop. The stalls selling crepes and local crafts added a special touch to the event, offering a complete experience, both educational and cultural.

The day concluded with an impressive demonstration of collective hypnosis presented by the renowned mentalist Jorge Astyaro, whose show left those present amazed, and reflecting on the capabilities of the human mind.

Sustainability

At the meeting, an exhibition of sustainable transport was held, in collaboration with the company Domingo Alonso, where the new Tiguan, a vehicle designed for sustainable living, was presented. The meeting also placed a strong emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint. To minimise the environmental impact, a vegetable garden was created with various plantations, and subscriptions were given to all attendees along with seeds of endemic plants. These initiatives were implemented with the aim of mitigating the carbon footprint, demonstrating a tangible commitment to sustainability and care for the environment.

Guacimara Cabrera, head of the Chekipa Foundation, highlighted the importance of this type of event. "The success of this meeting reflects the need and interest in a more inclusive and happy education. This festival of happiness has shown that when knowledge, experiences and emotions are combined, great changes in perception and educational practice can be achieved. The active and enthusiastic participation of all attendees and speakers motivates us to plan an even more ambitious third edition. We are committed to continuing to promote these types of initiatives, which promote well-being and personal development. Seeing so many professionals and families involved fills us with hope and energy to continue in this direction."

"We want to sincerely thank all our sponsors and collaborators, whose support has been fundamental for the realization of this meeting. Their commitment to our cause and their generosity have made it possible for this event to be a resounding success. We are deeply grateful for their trust and collaboration," added Cabrera.

For his part, the Councillor for Water, Education and Youth of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Adargoma Hernández, said: "The II Vitamin People Meeting is a key event for our community, which not only offers a platform for learning and inspiration, but also reinforces our commitment to education, well-being and sustainability. These types of initiatives are critical to building a stronger and more cohesive society, and we are proud to support a gathering that has such a positive and lasting impact on participants."

Sponsors

The Meeting was possible thanks to the support of Wanda Films, AR Docs, Fund Grube, Universo Unido Foundation, Fredolsen, Bodega El Sordo, Vinófilos, Domingo Alonso, Cicar, Autos Franquiz, Grupo Ganaderos de Fuerteventura, Extrem Puro Extremadura, Firgas, Coca-Cola, Tropical, Munchitos, Grupo Servidis, Hotel Mirador Fuerteventura, Barceló Fuerteventura Beach Resort, Secrets Bahía Real, Innside by Meliá Fuerteventura, Hotel JM Puerto del Rosario, Taimar Hotel, Audioluz, Padilla Supermarkets, D.O Unique Events, Andromeda, Litografía González, Imprenta Maxorata, Natur House, Emicela, Alcruz Canarias, Garden Center Fuerteventura, MD School of Veterinary Medicine, MD School of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment, Vanessa Lope, I.E. Santo Tomás de Aquino, Lavandería El Cardón, Mondo Tattoo, Fimapa, JP José Peña Personal Trainer, Canpaplas, Minimum, Artmuse, Department of Tourism Puerto del Rosario Fuerteventura and Volcanic Experience.

About the Chekipa Foundation

Fundación Chekipa was born in 2016 as an expression of the vocation of the Oasis Wildlife Fuerteventura Group to develop its social dimension through the execution of different projects that contribute to the sustainable development of the societies in which it operates. As a result of this commitment, it carries out environmental, social, economic, cultural, sporting, scientific, educational, research and animal welfare actions.

About Oasis Wildlife

Oasis Wildlife has been working for almost 40 years in the conservation of endemic flora and fauna for the Canary Islands. In these almost four decades, the group has positioned itself as a benchmark in the field of protection of the natural environment, research, education and the conservation of the culture and traditions of the island of Fuerteventura.

As a centre for the conservation of flora and fauna, Oasis Wildlife has been participating for years in important educational programmes with schools and centres throughout the Canary Islands. In addition, he is immersed in outstanding R+D+i projects, both nationally and internationally, to increase knowledge of our natural environment and contribute to the protection of endangered species in the Canary Islands. It has the largest Canarian camel farm in Europe, with 400 specimens, a breed that is in serious danger of extinction.

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