Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jill Erdoğan, who died at the age of 73, following a brief an unexpected illness. She died in the early hours of Thursday 18th May. Jill will probably best remembered for her many contributions to the Fethiye International group, FIG. She joined FIG soon after its founding and became its first treasurer. A woman with great enthusiasm, ideas and energy for life Jill later became chair, eventually retiring in 2014.
Even after retiring, Jill maintained a helpful and supporting role in FIG, particularly in organising the charity’s regular craft fairs. Her daughter and many friends from the local community attended her funeral, which took place at the Keçiler cemetery in Kaya valley on Thursday afternoon. The Keçiler İmam, together with celebrant, David Groom, said prayers over her grave and the FIG founding Chair, Susan Tekin, and Dilek Dinçer from the NGO through which the charity operates, FETAV, gave heartfelt eulogies.
19th May Youth and Sports Bayram
Friday was Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı (Youth and Sports Festival), an important day for Turkey and an official holiday in the country. Fethiye held parades and various events throughout the day.
Pedalling for health
Sağlık İçin Pedalladılar paylaşan: haberler
Monday 15th saw another sporting day in Fethiye with the Pedalling for Health campaign. A large crowd of cyclists, of all ages, rode along the beach road for five kilometres, drawing attention to the importance of taking regular exercise. Fethiye’s Governor, Ekrem Çalık, lead the way.
Motorcycles and Mother’s Day
Last Sunday 14th was Mother’s Day in Turkey but it was also the day when the second leg of the Turkish Motorcycle Federation races were held. In warm weather, it was an exciting day for the approximately 5 thousand people who watched. Altogether 60 motorcyclists participated from various clubs in Turkey. For one of the races, mothers of the contestants gave the trophies and medals to mark Mother’s Day.
Alternative ways to encourage road safety
Last week was Road Safety Week in Fethiye and to draw attention to the importance of wearing safety helmets, instead of fining offenders for not wearing helmets, the town’s security forces handed out 50 crash hats. The helmets were emblazoned with the slogan “a helmet is lifesaver.” Some of those stopped said that they were surprised not to be fined.
Meanwhile, those who were already complying with the law were given carnations.
Flowers were also given to car drivers who were wearing seat belts.
UMKE clear rubbish from Karataş beach
Fethiye Plajlarında Çevre Temizliği paylaşan: haberler
Twenty officials from Fethiye’s UMKE (Turkey’s Nation Medical Rescue Team) spend last Sunday collecting rubbish from Karataş beach near Koca Çalış. The total haul was 25 sacks of garbage, which included glass and plastic.
The British Pound bought 4.69 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.
The week before it was selling for 4.60 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Many thanks to Hasan Recai Şeker for this week’s headline photo.