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Long time no blogging, but have to say a much belated THANKYOU to The Diggers, a football team of lots of our mates in Newcastle, managed by Paul Langley.
To mark 10 years of The Diggers, they held a party in September 2005 in collaboration with the Bellavista Social Club. Together with a great night of football nostalgia, boozing and dancing, £250 was raised for Bellavista Juventud.
The Peruvian team's El Presidente, Father Joe Plumb of Ashington, was in the UK and put in a guest appearance to draw the raffle and thank the party-goers for their contributions to helping the community of Bellavista Nanay.
Match reports from Bellavista FC President:
We lost 2-1 on Saturday after 2 successive victories (4-3 & 3-0) but won the 3 points back last night in a three and a half hour meeting of the League, in which the referee was denounced for accepting bribes....life in Latin America!
We are now top of the Second Division and have 5 games left to play.
Just when the whole country was in a good mood because Cienciano (the team from Cusco) had beaten Boca Juniors on penalties in the "RECOPA 2004" tournament, the news broke on "24 Horas Noticias" (the Peruvian version of"Newsnight") that the President had sold-off the countries gold, silver & copper mines in the Apurimac/Huancavelica region (in the foothills of the Andes south of Lima) to a Swiss company for US$121million. It sounds a lot but you can bet the reserves are worth a lot more if the Swiss are investing in that way.
That now means that fishing rights in Peruvian waters have been sold to Japan, the oilfields to the USA, Britain & Germany, the rights to fell trees in the Amazon to the Koreans, the telephone company belongs to the Spaniards & even the airport in Lima is run by a German company. ¿ Vaya Globalization ? This is all due to successive governments wanting to be seen to be bringing investment into the country but it is a very short-term & short-sighted policy. President Toledo explained on TV that Peru does not have the capability or the experienced engineers to extract the reerves and that the project would mean jobs, new hospitals, schools & roads but the Swiss company made it very clear that they hope to extract all the mineral reserves in 10 years, and the jobs come with no union rights & for the manual labourers, extremely poor wages. After they've stripped the land of its wealth and left how will the region maintain these new services ? The same goes for the Amazon, the oilfields, & the fishing waters.
Bellavista Juventud won 4-1 on Saturday so that took our minds off the sell-off & there was a huge fiesta all weekend.
Thanks to the nice people at Natwest we now have a bank account, cheques payable to The Bellavista Social Club, lots of forms later, we have a treasurer in the form of Charlotte so all enquiries to her.
Plans for the Club to hold its Christmas party are forming, suggestions from members welcome.
Had a visit from Peru, not only are the boys the best kitted out team in the league but money raised means that seven are now in college or getting job training!
Well, thanks to all those who bought raffle tickets for such quality prizes as a rubber glove! A nice £47.90 was raised for the Club at the Sixth Form A Level Drama Exam Performance (hope they all pass). A night of top quality acting with added social conscience.
Now time for some musing from me, the Club President. The Bellavista Social Club is taking off in a way I never thought possible. We plan to have the best supported team in Iquitos Peru, although we admit there is limited competition. The lads are looking very smart in their strips and are set to dazzle the opposition with both their footwork and their cool gear.
As for events, there will be another meeting of the Club soon, keep checking in. Think of it this way - the more we drink, dance and smoke tabs the more the lads benefit. And the more they benefit, the better they do on the pitch.
Doug 'El Presidente'
Bellavista Social Club