Recently, a cheque for two thousand, five hundred euros was presented to the Raquel Paya School for special needs children in Denia on behalf of Javea Lodge 40, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia and Marina Alta Lodge 144. The school has a catering programme especially designed to give vocational training to special needs students, aged between twenty-one and twenty-four and prepare them for life in the outside world. The donation went towards purchasing a fridge and other kitchen items for the catering department. Later the students invited us to try some tapas they had prepared themselves showing off the skills they had been taught in class, while Miquel Ivars (the Director) took some time to answer our many questions. The humbling experience of visiting the school opened our eyes to what a wonderful job the staff do in helping the students to obtain a better quality of life and help them to integrate into society.
The cheque was presented by W.Bros Neville Jackson, Matthew James, Paul Nicholls, Jens Gerl (WM Javea 40) and Bro. Alejandro Uribe.