Oliva La Safor Lodge continue to support the Gandia Hospice

On Tuesday, 21st of March, the Charity Steward of Oliva La Safor, WBro Jim Jordan, made an urgent appeal for help from the Brethren of the Lodge to assist, once again, the residents of the Gandia Hospice. The need was, as always, for basic items which most of us take for granted including clothes, food and items for hygiene purposes.

By Tuesday 28th of March the Brethren had collected, and donated, a huge pile of items for the residents, including shirts, trousers, sweaters and much more. There was a huge amount of long life foodstuffs such as rice, pasta, sugar and tinned goods, all of which will make life just a little better for these aged and infirm people. Also much needed hygiene equipment such as soap, deodorant, razors, shaving crème and much more.

These items are so little to us yet so much to those who don’t have them and have no means of getting them. These items and more will be donated to the Hospice in the near future.

If you feel able to help by donating a few unwanted items, or perhaps by buying just one extra item on your shopping list, or if you would like more information about Freemasonry, please contact me on the email address given below. Many thanks.

The photo shows the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, WBro Ian Skipper with the Charity Steward, WBro Jim Jordan with some of the donated items.

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WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Freemasons of Santa Faz Lodge No 48 make a further donation to Aspanion

 

On Saturday, 25th March a Strawberry Fayre was held at The International Club in El Campello and the Lodge Committee gave a lot of their time freely and voluntarily in full support of this needy cause.  The idea was that everything for the Fayre had to be based on the theme of strawberries and those who contributed showed a great deal of initiative in the wide range of goodies they prepared, from strawberry pavlova, strawberry cakes, strawberry tarts, strawberry jam to strawberry and meringue skewers for the chocolate fountain. (Why wasn’t I invited?) 🙂
At the end of a well attended Fayre a few remaining items were auctioned and a grand total of almost two hundred  euros was raised – this is in addition to the more than two thousand euros which have already been donated.  This was again donated by the Santa Faz Masonic Lodge No 48 towards their Charity appeal for this year, which is ASPANION – a sadly much needed Charity for Children with Cancer at Alicante General Hospital.

Our thanks go to everyone who made something for the Fayre and to those who gave their generous support.

Should you wish to learn more of this worthy charity or perhaps would be interested in Freemasonry please contact me on the email address given below.

prensa@glpvalencia.com

ro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia.

Javea 40 Masons visit Children’s Oncology department at La Fe Hospital, Valencia

Last week we had the opportunity to visit a Cancer Research Centre and witness the work they are doing. This was suggested by Worshipful Master, Matthew James, of Javea 40 Lodge, as it is his chosen charity for his Master’s year. It was a privilege to be able to visit the Oncology Research Department at La Fe Hospital in Valencia. We were met with great enthusiasm by Dr Jaime Font de Mora, head of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He was very pleased that we had made the time to visit and were aiming to raise money for their important research. We, ourselves, felt honoured to be given a personal insight into their work. And luckily for us perhaps, everyone spoke perfect English.


The major research for the Spanish Society of Oncology for Children is undertaken in this department, as well as specialising in Paediatric Oncology Surgery. As we all know, cancer has no boundaries, it affects both old and young. It is especially heart wrenching to see children and babies suffering from cancer. Dr Font de Mora’s team is currently working on a key project called ‘Oncology de Precision’, which involves identifying specific genetic characteristics of tumours found in children from birth to 15 years old. Analysing the DNA from tumour samples, they are aiming to identify the medication required for each patient’s individual needs, thus the correct treatment will be prescribed quickly and effectively, improving their recovery and survival rate.


We were introduced to the members of the team, all of whom were young, dedicated and highly motivated in their work. They work in small teams of 3 or 4 people in their own part of the facility, using highly sophisticated and expensive diagnostic equipment. We donned our ‘green suits’ and entered the sterile area and also we were able to witness cancer cells through a microscope and how they mutate and divide. To actually see this disease at this stage is a fascinating but sobering experience. The time, study and dedication the doctors give to their work has to be greatly admired. We felt humbled that these young people are trying their utmost to combat the biggest disease of our lifetime.
After ditching our ‘green suits’, we were invited to meet some of the young patients on the ward. The ward, by the way, was decorated like a children’s play room. Bright murals on the walls, everybody was casual and smiling and there was a separate school room so the children don’t miss any of their education. The children even have access to Wi-Fi, something which as we know, young kids today can’t do without with their computers and iPads!! Brother Matthew presented a Mason teddy to one little girl, who seemed very happy with her gift.
The doctors were obviously very caring towards their small patients but the atmosphere was kept very informal and cheerful, considering the seriousness of the situation. There is a maximum of 18 patients on the ward, each with their own room. The only children that have to be kept in isolation are those undergoing bone marrow treatments.

The aim of the Children’s Oncology Ward is to improve the children’s health so they are able to return to their family home as soon as possible and just attend as an outpatient.
Since our visit we have written to Dr Font de Mora and his colleague Dr Adela Cañete, thanking them again for allowing us to visit and see what they are doing first hand in Cancer Research. We have asked them to tell us which equipment they need and the cost. Obviously, some equipment would be too expensive for one individual lodge to provide. However, we really want to help the Cancer Research Department and await their answer. We can then make a decision on what the lodge can do to help.

If you are interested in learning more about Freemasonry, please contact me on the address given below.

prensa@glpvalencia.com

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Local Freemason’s Lodge Sponsors Child

 

At the regular meeting of Santa Faz Lodge No 48, on Monday 13th March, a motion was proposed, seconded and approved, to sponsor an under privileged child to attend the summer school which is being organised by Hiram Abiff Lodge No 80 in Guadalest this summer.

 

Various Lodges and especially Provincial Grand Lodge have sponsored many children to go to the summer school in the past which is both educational and entertaining. Last year the Province sponsored eighteen children and hope to achieve a similar number this year.

As the DPGM, W Bro R C
Bignell, the APGM, W Bro R A Mitchell and the ProvGCStwd, W Bro K Alcock, were all in attendance it was decided to present the cheque for 350 euros at the meeting.  The cheque was presented to the ProvGCStwd by the WM, W Bro Brian Duncan and suitable photo’s were taken of the event.  One photograph shows the WM, ProvGCStwd being flanked by the DPGM and APGM, the other just shows the WM and the ProvGCStwd.

The money has come from the Lodge Charity fund and has been raised as part of this year’s fund raising effort.

 

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Donation by Santa Faz Lodge Aspanion, a charity for children with cancer. 

The Santa Faz Masonic Lodge No 48 celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Lunch Party in which fifty-five people enjoyed an excellent meal at the Restaurant Mash in El Campello. Everyone was asked to wear something red and visible to celebrate this very special day.


After lunch, during coffee and chocolates, the Ladies were each presented with a red rose and three couples took part in a game of Mr. and Mrs. in which they answered various questions about themselves and, more importantly, their partners. This proved to be very entertaining with both the quizmaster and the couples, taking part, providing us with much laughter. The winners were two holiday visitors from Newcastle, Gary Wealleans and his partner Margy.

This was followed by a raffle which raised 185 euros and, together with a generous donation of 250 euros from Diamond Clean UK Ltd., and others, a grand total of 467euros was raised towards the Lodge Charity for this year, which is Aspanion – a Charity for Children with Cancer, in Alicante General Hospital. This will be presented at a later date – hopefully with even more donations throughout the year.

Music throughout the afternoon was provided by Rob Woodhouse on the keyboard, who played and sang our chosen favourite songs as most people ended the afternoon dancing to the excellent music. A great afternoon for all concerned and a worthwhile sum raised for a very deserving charity. Well done to all concerned.

If you would like to contribute to this excellent charity or learn a little more about Freemasonry please contact me on the email link below and I will be hapy to answer answer all of your questions.

W.Bro. William Turney
prensa@glpvalencia.com
Press Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

Local Masons donate to local Spanish school.

At their Christmas celebration, at El Cid restaurant, local Freemasons Lodge, Javea No 40, raised 430€ in memory of their recently deceased colleague Worshipful Brother Keith Hart from Benigembla, near Jalon. On 8th February, the current Worshipful Master of the Javea 40 Lodge, W Bro Matthew James, accompanied by his Charity Steward Bro Malcolm March, presented a cheque for this sum to the Headmistress of Benigembla’s local school, Remei Climent Monzo. Keith’s widow, Jenny Hart, and local Mayor, Rogelio Taverner Sendra, were also present. Benigembla is a small town with less than 500 inhabitants and the school, which caters for children aged between six and eleven, has only eleven pupils.
The Headmistress and pupils were very appreciative of the donation which will be used to purchase much needed books and material for the school library. W. Bro Matthew James and Jenny Hart said that the presentation had been a fitting tribute to Keith’s memory. Mayor Taverner and Headmistress Remei Climent said that Keith and Jenny were both well respected members of the local community in Benigembla and that they had done a lot to help the school over the years. They added that Keith Hart was sorely missed by all.
If you are interested in Freemasonry please contact me on the email below and I will answer any questions you might have.
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WBro William Turney   Press Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia