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The highest governing body of the Barceló Foundation met yesterday to approve 2019 annual accounts and report of activities and analyze COVID-19 impact on 2020 budgets and activities.
According to all new established health standards (masks, hand gel, interpersonal distance of 2 meters, etc.) the members of the Board of Trustees visited the Barceló Illetas Albatros hotel to find out from its managing director, Toni Monjo, 2019 economic issues, such as 139 cooperation projects that carried out the Barceló Foundation in 24 different countries, with a budget of 2.739.941 euros and 334.749 beneficiaries.
More than a half of the meeting focused on coronavirus impact on the entity’s budgets and activities planned for 2020. Since March, 13 when the state of alarm was decreed and the employees started with telework, the Foundation hasn’t stopped its cooperation task and gave special importance to water and food project for the most-in-need people from Mallorca and also from Africa and Latin America.
The 36 social projects in Majorca financed by the Barceló Foundation also adapted their work to confinement and in this way they could continue bringing assistance to vulnerable groups in Majorca such as the disabled, children at social risk exclusion, minors under guardianship, immigrants, etc.
Cultural activities planned for the second half of 2020, such as art exhibitions and travelling exhibitions, are the only ones that the Foundation has decided to postpone until 2021 due to the people’s capacity restrictions established recently by the authorities. Thus, this year the Foundation will not join the Nit de l’Art in Felanitx and in Palma.
Finally, all the board members were also informed that the Capella Mallorquina Choir (sponsored by the Barceló Foundation) will resume its concerts on the 24th and 25th of July at the Castell de son Mas in Andratx, although the conditions under which this will take place are being carefully studied to guarantee maximum safety for all the assistants.