If you like to visit gorgeous homes and enjoy architecture, art and seascapes this tour is for you.
The IFC tours are operated by the International Friendship Club, run every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and leave the Sea Monkey Restaurant on Aquiles Serdan at the beach at 10:30am. Seats on our luxury buses are limited so please buy your tickets a day or two before the tour.
Each tour visits four homes that are opened to us through the generosity of the homeowners who believe in contributing to the community here in Puerto Vallarta. They know that, for over thirty years, all of the income of the club has been and is used to pay for free surgery for children born with cleft palates or cleft lips in this area and to help about twenty charities supported financially by the IFC. The charities include orphanages, help for disabled kids, schools in rural areas and food banks as well as a free dental program in Boca de Tomatlan.
Each tour is accompanied by two docents who are helpful and knowledgeable about the homes and about life in Puerto Vallarta.
Tickets are available at www.ifctoursforvallarta.com or from the IFC office between 9:00 and 1:30 on Monday and Tuesday. The office is above the HSBC bank on Insurgentes by the bridge.
If you would like to see to see four fabulous homes and to help make life safer and better for the children who live here sign up now for tickets.
Look Up or Fall Down
By John Warren
That’s a good motto for getting around this town of cobbled streets and uneven steps. It’s so easy to twist an ankle or fall and wrench a wrist or a shoulder. Then what do you need? You need a course of physiotherapy.
But what happens if you are poor and cannot afford to pay to help you with your pain or, worse, the pain your child may be suffering.? Then you need to get to the clinic that will provide you with the help that you need and will waive the fees. That clinic is Clinica de Rehabilitación de Vallarta – Santa Bárbara which is a block off the main highway, directly east of Plaza Peninsula, close to the cruise ship terminal. (Calle Mike Lemus 151, Col. Los Cajos).
The clinic was established in 1981 and provides excellent physiotherapy services to adults and children who suffer from physical or brain diseases, victims of accidents or children born with malformations. However, the clinic is looking for financial help so that they can expand their services to include language therapy, psychological assistance and neurological treatments.
Santa Bárbara is open to the public from 8:00 to 3:00, Monday to Friday. Consultations by a doctor who specialises in trauma and rehabilitation are available for $300 pesos on Tuesdays and Thursdays and regular treatments cost only $200 pesos. In December 2017, 22 people who were unable to pay even these small amounts for their treatments and the clinic provided them for free as a social service!
Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who help restore function, improve mobility and relieve pain in patients suffering from a disease that limits physical motion or those who are injured. They play a vital role in maintaining and promoting overall fitness and health. Apart from developing a treatment plan to prevent loss of mobility altogether, they also develop wellness programs for patients to live healthier and more active lifestyles. There are three fully trained therapists on staff who, last year, helped 900 patients, including children, and provided more than 10,000 treatments of one type or another.
If you happen to look up when you should have been looking down, fall and need help to recover this clinic is one you might want to visit. If you can afford more than the standard $200 pesos a visit, that’s $14 loonies or $10 greenbacks, you might consider donating to their cause. It’s a good one. The International Friendship Club (IFC) is happy to provide $30,000 pesos a year as a contribution to Clinica Santa Bárbara which, at 200 pesos/visit, means the club paid for 150 treatments for people who were so poor that would otherwise have no relief for their pain.
The International Friendship Club raises money to help Clinica Santa Bárbara and about 20 other charities in town as well as its cleft palate program and dental outreach program in Boca De Tomatlan by selling tickets for its renowned IFC Home Tours. See www.toursforvallarta.com and a separate article.
IFC is also a social club that welcomes visitors and new members to participate in Spanish classes, lectures on Mexican history, Monday movie nights and the ever popular happy hour and dinearound on Fridays at five. Please check ye olde website at www.ifcvallarta.com or come on down to the clubhouse/office located in Zona Romantica upstairs above the HSBC bank on Insurgentes. Everyone is welcome.