The newly appointed Acompalia President pledges to take charity to next level of growth. Read the latest news from Acompalia Annual General Meeting that took place in Hotel Best Western in Salobrena on 26th April 2017.
Acompalia – the Andalusian palliative care charity – welcomed 26th April 2017 Françoise Rajewski as their new President. Bringing a wealth of experience and energy to the position, Françoise picks up the reins from Lindsay Ostervig at an exciting time. With Lindsay at the helm, Acompalia has undergone considerable growth over the last three years. Françoise will build on this success, managing the charity’s transition at a crucial time. And despite stepping down, Lindsay will continue to play an active role in its strategic direction over the coming years.
During Lindsay’s presidency, Acompalia has gone from strength to strength. It has achieved the prized Utilidad Publica status, secured grounds for its proposed hospice, and continued running its vital helpline and charity shop. This is while forging partnerships and gaining supporters from across the region. But with ambitious plans to build a day care centre and hospice, and to provide palliative care in patients’ homes, the charity still has a way to go. So, Lindsay felt it was time for her to take a backseat and bring on someone with the expertise and drive to move the charity forward during this time. Françoise has been an active volunteer for Acompalia for over three years – and her skills and knowledge of the charity made her the ideal choice.
An interpreter and translator by trade, Françoise brings substantial experience in both the charity and private sector. She brings business expertise, having worked as a business manager and selling advertising for professional international associations in Brussels. And she has worked with similar NGOs across Europe including UK charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, which supports people suffering from terminal illness, and Le Temps d’un instant – a Belgian association providing social aesthetics care in cancer and palliative wards.
Welcoming Françoise to the post, Lindsay said, “To find a president to take Acompalia forward into the next exciting phase was no small feat! I was looking for someone with faultless Spanish, a volcano of energy, younger than me, with a relevant CV and experience in charitable causes. More than that, I had to like her or him. I would like to introduce Françoise Rajewski – a fabulous lady with a huge heart, a great mind and enormous energy. Ladies and gentlemen you will be in safe hands!”
Speaking at the AGM, Françoise said, “With some €70,000 in the bank, our golden ticket (the Utilidad Publica number), grounds for the hospice and an increased media presence, we have a springboard on which to dedicate serious energy towards fundraising for the €3.5 million to build the hospice alongside the €1 million needed to run it during the first year.”
“As individuals, we have our strength and network, and it is together that we will continue to move mountains, raise momentum and raise awareness of the association. No effort is too small, all ideas are worth trialling and we are committed to support you the best we can when you support Acompalia.”