Las Salinas Lodge Funds Hospital Bed for “Help at Home”

Freemasons provide a much needed addition to a charities resources

The Worshipful Master of local Freemason’s Lodge, Las Salinas, Keith Carter presented a much needed hospital style bed to “Help at Home” General Secretary Susie Brice on Wednesday 31st March at their premises in Cabo Roig. President Patricia Muirhead thanked the Freemasons most sincerely for their support, adding that the new bed would be put to good use right away.

“Help at Home” is a registered charity that offers short term support and assistance for people of all ages in their own homes. Voluntary services include transport to medical centres, respite care, shopping, companionship, advice on social services and welfare benefits, legal matters, and translation. Housekeeping services can be arranged at a cost of fifteen-twenty euros per hour, and can include assistance with personal needs and meal preparation if desired.
“Help at Home”  has an office and furniture shop at Cabo Roig, and a charity shop at Playa Flamenca and Quesada. Further details can be found at www.helpathomecb.com Volunteers can be contacted by email: helpathomequesada@gmail.com or telephone: 711039558.
Picture Foreground: Worshipful Master Keith Carter, and General Secretary  Susie Brice.
Picture Background: President Patricia Muirhead, Welfare Officer Sheila Powell and Shop Volunteer Lynette Johnson.

Santa Faz Charity Beach Walk

Freemasons support MABS

Local Freemason’s Lodge, Santa Faz, recently held their “Santa Faz Beach Walk and Barbecue” which had been scheduled for Saturday and would have been delayed into next week had it not, fortunately, been decided to postpone it by one day to Sunday 21st March 2021.

This annual charity event, held under strict observance of current health guidelines, at The International Club, El Campello, was blessed with warm, dry and thankfully wind free weather.  The huge and varied amount food, like the assembled company, was excellent.  Aided and abetted by Lin (salads and jacket potatoes), Jean (cakes) and WBro Ivan (kartofel salat).  Particular thanks go to Gill Hovell (President), Bro Barry Hovell SW (Treasurer) and the Committee of The International Club for all their help with the complex logistics.

Despite the many current restrictions and, sadly, with a greatly reduced number of participants, the amount raised still exceeded all expectations.  The charity raffle, sponsored walkers, donations and contributions from Brethren’s charity pots, was rounded up to a total of seven hundred euros.  An exceptional amount, especially under the circumstances, was raised for the Worshipful Master’s charity which, for this year, is MABS, and which will be presented at a later date.  MABS Cancer Support Fundación’s commitment in Spain can be summed up in this short sentence: “To care, comfort and counsel people affected by cancer”. A very worthwhile cause and one supported by many Freemasons.

Local Freemasons donate to HELP organisation of Denia and Moraira

Arenal Deportiva Lodge make a much needed donation of €250

Recently, the Brethren of Arenal Deportiva Lodge made a much-needed donation of €250 from the Lodge charity fund to the local organisation, HELP, of Denia and Moraira, to help sustain many needy families who are suffering difficulties, many caused by the Covid pandemic and particularly for those unable to work.

This donation was used to help thirty-five local families buy food and essential items and who, in total, numbered one hundred and four people including fourteen babies. The money was used to buy necessary shopping such as nappies and food which included, bags of chicken pieces, pork, minced beef, frankfurters, frozen fish, milk, powdered milk for babies, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, biscuits and much more.

The Lodge was thanked most warmly by Ms Candida Wright, the president of the Denia and Moraira HELP organisation.

Freemasons help Amigos de la Calle

Quick response to a cry for help

In response to the request for help from a Valencian voluntary organisation, el Amigos de la Calle, the Freemasons of Valencia were quick to respond.

The Valencian Provincial Charity Fund contributed five hundred euros.

White River Lodge 153 and Mark Masons 1979 contributed over five hundred and fifty euros. Regeneration Lodge 132 contributed two hundred and fifty euros.

Through Masons affiliated to Rotary International, the Rotary E-Club of Latin America contributed a further two hundred euros

The total donated was over one thousand five hundred euros and together with the volunteers of the NGO we made a purchase of food in the wholesale supermarket Family Cash, at special prices.

The Amigos de la Calle (CIF G98305378) is a certified NGO of the Valencian community in charge of helping those who have nothing, and sleep on the streets of Valencia. With the arrival of the pandemic, the situation has worsened, with more than five hundred homeless people who are cared for by the organization and around one hundred more who are in a precarious situation.

On weekdays emergency deliveries are made to family homes, and on Sundays eight routes are made throughout the city, distributing food, warm clothes, blankets. sleeping bags and other items. The routes have specific stops in parks and squares, and in shelters such as bank tellers.

This huge group of homeless people is mostly men both Spanish and foreign born. Meanwhile the families requesting support are originally from Eastern countries, South America, with some Romanian and African as well.

The State provides some help to the homeless and the families but, given the magnitude of the situation with the pandemic, it is just not enough. However, the NGO does not receive state aid and is reliant on charitable donations.

 

Amigos de la Calle (CIF G98305378) es una ONG certificada de la ciudad de Valencia que se ocupa de ayudar a los que nada tienen, y duermen en las calles de esta ciudad. Con la llegada de la pandemia, la situación se ha agravado, existiendo en estos momentos 400 personas sin techo que son ayudadas por la Asociación, más 200 en sus hogares sin nada para comer.

En días de semana se hacen entregas de emergencia a domicilios de familias, y los domingos se hacen 8 rutas por toda la ciudad, repartiendo alimentos, ropa (se da ropa limpia y se cambia la ropa sucia para traerla de nuevo en la siguiente distribución). Las rutas tienen paradas específicas en parques y plazas, y en refugios tales como cajeros de bancos.

El universo de personas es mayoritariamente de extranjeros de Ucrania y otros países del Este de Europa, sudamericanos que llegaron a España antes de la pandemia y han quedado atrapados sin poder retornar a sus países de origen, más algunos españoles y migrantes de la etnia gitana. La red de seguridad del estado es inexistente, la ONG se nutre de donaciones.

En estos días los almacenes de la ONG estaban vacíos, y ante el pedido de ayuda, los Hermanos Masones de Valencia salieron raudamente a responder.

El Fondo Provincial de Caridad aportó 500.00€

Las Logias White River 153 y Mark Masons 1979 aportaron 555.00€

La Logia Regeneración 132 aportó 250.00€

A través de Hermanos socios de Rotary International, el Rotary E-Club of Latinoamerica aportó 200.00€

El total donado fue de 1.505€ y junto con los voluntarios de la ONG realizamos una compra de alimentos en el supermercado mayorista Family Cash, a precios especiales.




Los Masones Apoyon a Los Reyes Magos

Freemasons lend a helping hand to the Three Kings

Este año, la respetable Logia Germanies nº 8 ha colaborado, como ya hizo el año anterior, con el proyecto “El árbol de los deseos” de la asociación benéfica Ca La Mare, que opera en la zona de Catarrosa y Albal con niños de familias en exclusión.

Esta colaboración ha consistido en acompañar a personas de esta asociación y comprar juguetes y oros artículos de una lista que la entidad facilita teniendo en cuenta las cartas de los niños a los reyes Magos, para que les sean entregados el día de Reyes.

Giovanna Rodríguez Tirado, Presidenta de la Asociación ha manifestado su agradecimiento a la Respetable Logia Germanies nº 8 y ha posado junto con su Venerable Maestro y su Hermano Tesorero, quienes han llevado esta acción solidaria en representación de la misma.

This year, local Freemasons Lodge, Germanies No. 8, has collaborated, as it did in the previous year, with the project “The Tree of Desires” inaugurated by the charity ‘Ca La Mare’, which operates mainly in the area of Catarroja and Albal and supports children from families less fortunate than ourselves.

This collaboration has consisted of accompanying people from this association and buying toys, and other items from a list, that the entity provides, taking into account the children’s letters to the Three Kings, so that they may be delivered to them on the day of Three Kings.

Giovanna Rodríguez Tirado, President of the Association, thanked the Respectable Lodge Germanies No. 8 and posed, together with the Worshipful Master and Treasurer of the Lodge, who have carried out this solidarity action on its behalf.

Oliva La Safor Lodge donates to needy families.   

Oliva La Safor Lodge supports local families in the name of WBro Colin Williams, who sadly passed away last year.

Local Freemasonry, in general, has not had a good year. Virtually all of our meetings have had to be cancelled, along with our usual social events and our many charity events.

Oliva La Safor Lodge however, has had an even worse year. Not only has it been closed down, along with the rest of Spanish Masonry, but, after only being able to have three physical meetings, our newly installed Worshipful Master, WBro. Colin Williams passed away shortly before Christmas.

Following a number of virtual meetings, held over the Internet, it was decided that, in Colin’s name, Oliva La Safor Lodge would make a charity donation of eight hundred euros to some of the neediest people in the area.

Four hundred euros were given to four families in the village of Beniarbeig, Alicante. These families were picked by the charity organisation Amigos de Beniarbeig, in association with local Social Services.

These gifts, in the form of one hundred euro vouchers for Carrefour supermarket, were given to Amigos in early January and immediately handed over to the four families in time for them to use the money for clothes, and other items for the children in time for the Three Kings celebration.

The donation was handed over by WBro. Ian Skipper, the Lodge charity steward and Bro. David Clarke, who is a resident of the village.

The second gift will be given to other needy families in a village in the Valencia area at a later date.

Attached photo of the presentation. Bro David Clarke is on the left, WBro Ian Skipper on the right with Sally representing Amigos Beniarbeig in the centre.

The “Dinner Ladies” of local Freemasons Lodge, Javea 40 help needy children.

Freemasons wives become Santa for needy children.

This year has seen a great increase in the number of local families who are struggling financially, particularly due to the various lockdowns and the general restrictions placed on both businesses and families.  So, when the Javea based Red Cross launched an appeal for Christmas presents, for needy children, our “Dinner Ladies” set to and raised a magnificent sum of more than seven hundred euros.

The ‘Dinner Ladies’ are the wives and partners of the Freemasons of Javea Lodge No 40.

This fantastic sum was enough to fill twenty large bags with gifts for the boys and girls aged between three and sixteen years.

Pictured here is Mrs Margaret March with Mrs Muriel Shilan the wife of our Provincial Grand Master, and RW Bro Michael Shilan himself, whose shop, “Humpty Dumpty”, received some of the many gifts. Shown here with the car loaded ready to deliver to the Red Cross depot in Javea.

Margaret and the Red Cross wish to thank all the Ladies for their generosity.  RW Bro Michael Shilan also congratulated the ladies on their tremendous effort. Hopefully, these children will have a better Christmas than they would otherwise have had.  Many, many thanks to all the generous and warm-hearted donors who gave so many gifts.

One hundred shoeboxes full of toys collected for needy children.

Freemasons to the rescue again.

During the very hard year that many of us have recently suffered our thoughts are naturally turning towards happier times: the upcoming Christmas season and, in particular, the children who will enjoy that very special day. Unfortunately, there are still many children who will not be able to celebrate as well as the rest of us. It is these children whom we most want to help.

As a result, several local Freemason’s Lodges including Caledonian Lodge, Las Salinas Lodge and Torrevieja Installed Master’s Lodge have arranged collections and donations to try and help them as much as possible. One such initiative was started by WBro Freddie Samrai and his wife Carole, who organized a “Christmas Shoebox Drive” for the Cruz Roja in Torrevieja, ie to collect shoeboxes filled with toys for the under privileged children of Torrevieja. After doing this for several years this has now become something of an annual event.

Fortunately, many of our friends and Brothers have very big hearts and more than one hundred boxes have now been donated. So, it is hoped that many more children will have at least one present to open on Christmas morning, even in these very difficult times. Children are our future and this generosity will hopefully give them some good and happy memories. All this has only been made possible by the kindness of so many good and generous people. So, to all of you a very big thank you on behalf of all of these under privileged children of Torrevieja.

Freemasons continue to help local communities.

Help for Local Communities

During these strange and difficult times, when Coronavirus has caused so many problems to so many people, it has become increasingly difficult for local Freemasons to raise and distribute money for the many needy and worthy charities in the Province of Valencia.  Almost all of our meetings have been, and continue to be, for the foreseeable future, completely suspended under the current lockdown regulations.  Unfortunately, this means that our social and charity events have ceased almost completely.  However, the Provincial Grand Master of Valencia, RW Bro Michael Shilan, has determined that as much help as possible should continue to be given.  Local Masons are nothing if not ingenious, and so some important donations have continued to be made.

Recently, Worshipful Master, W Bro Ted Cooper, and the Brethren of Dama de Elche Lodge No 163, have donated one thousand litres of fuel oil to the Elche Children’s Home for the provision of heating and hot water to keep the home, and especially the children, who range from eight to eighteen years old, warm in the coming winter months.  This will be the tenth year of Masonic support for this home.  Donations have also been made to Paul Cunningham Nurses and DEBRA (butterfly children).

The Worshipful Master of Regeneracion Lodge No 132, W Bro Martin Jiminez, together with Germanies No 08, Genesis No 61 and White River No 153 Lodges, have been collecting food and non-perishable goods for the Valencian Food Bank.

The Freemasons of local Lodge, Arenal Deportiva No 65, have made a donation of two thousand euros to the Raquel Payá special needs school.  This will pay for much needed new uniforms for the staff which now need to be replaced much more often, due to the now increased need for more frequent cleaning.  This is one of the charities selected for support by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, RW Bro Danny Coburn during his now extended year in Office.

Recently, Javea Lodge No 40 presented local charity ‘Todos Juntos Jávea’ with a cheque for two thousand, five hundred euros to pay for the installation of a hot and cold air conditioning system at the Jávea Autism Association centre.   Visiting the centre, W Bro Malcolm March, Worshipful Master of Javea 40, together with W Bro Peter Farrell the Lodge’s Charity Steward, presented a cheque to Raquel Maldonado, one of the therapists.

The Worshipful Master of Santa Faz Lodge No 48, W Bro Greg Hustler and the Brethren of the Lodge have started their Christmas Children’s Charity appeal – “Add a little extra to your basket”, in conjunction with the International Club, and are collecting any non-perishable food for the Cruz Roja in the El Campello area. This will make a huge difference to those who are unable to afford such items during this Pandemic.

Caledonian Lodge No 68, under Worshipful Master Melvyn Young, have donated two hundred euros to the Butterfly Children’s charity, DEBRA.  This was raised from the collected ticket money for their Annual Ball after it was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  A fantastic effort from all.

W Bro Freddie Samrai of Caledonian Lodge No 68 and his wife Carole are providing the Cruz Roja with Christmas Gifts for Children, including filling many, many shoe boxes full of toys, in order that each child shall receive at least some Christmas presents.

There have been many more donations from our members from Lodges all over the Province which are just too many to detail. We will continue to try and help those charities most in need until we are able to resume our normal activities.

Some pictures of the Valencian Food Bank drive.

Freemasons provide warmth for autistic children.

Blessed relief for autistic children.

Local Freemasons help Jávea Autism Association  

Recently, the Javea 40 Freemason’s Lodge presented local charity ‘Todos Juntos Jávea’ with a cheque for two thousand, five hundred euros to pay for the installation of an air conditioning system at the Jávea Autism Association centre.  Visiting the centre, W Bro Malcolm March, Worshipful Master of Javea 40, together with W Bro Peter Farrell the Lodge’s Charity Steward presented a cheque to Raquel Maldonado, one of the therapists.

 

Malcolm said that in these difficult times and working within all the coronavirus restrictions, local Freemason’s took great pride in continuing their charitable activities. He said that he had been surprised and shocked to discover that the autism centre had been operating without a satisfactory heating or cooling system. With winter rapidly approaching, he said that Javea 40 had been very pleased to arrange for this to be fitted in order to improve the working conditions for all the young people and their dedicated team of therapists.

Forty-four children, teenagers and young adults, together with their therapists, were attending for therapy, in a large apartment, supplied by the Ayuntamiento, with no heating or air conditioning.  We can all understand how unbearable this must have been in the harsh heat of summer and now as the cold winter months approach. The centre, which was set up in 2015 with 19 children, has rapidly increased in numbers.  While the families pay for the therapists and there is some help from the Ayuntamiento, the Jávea Autism Association relies upon charitable donations, particularly from Todos Juntos Jávea for much of the essential equipment and support.

Last year local Freemasons donated two thousand euros to set up a multi-sensorial stimulation room at the autism centre and Malcolm March said that Javea 40 would continue to provide additional support in future whenever possible. He was proud and thankful that Masonry had been able to help and make a much valued improvement to the lives of these children and young adults.