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

Las Salinas Donation to Alimentos Solidarios

Brethren of Las Salinas Lodge No.79 Make a Food Donation to Alimentos Solidarios

The Brethren of Logia de Las Salinas No.79 have donated 1,300 € worth of food produce to the Alimentos Solidarios located in C/San Pascual, Torrevieja

Alimentos Solidarios fulfil a much needed task in feeding the needy of Torrevieja and supplying several hundred meals per week as well as milk an other necessities.

The Immediate Past Master of the Lodge, W.Bro. John Edwards had made the Alimentos Solidarios his nominated charity for his year in the Chair and along with funds raised via his Ladies Festival as well as a donation from the CHarity Fund of the Lodge, the Charity Steward for that year, W.Bro. Eddy Davies worked with local suppliers to secure 1,300 € worth of produce for a total cost of 1,000 €, all of which was donated to the centre.

Pictured are W.Bro. Eddy Davies, Mrs. Joan Edwards, Senor Juanjo (coordinator from Alimentos Solidarios) and W.Bro. John Edwards.

Senor Juanjo will be attending the January Saltpot for an official presentation.

 

More details on the activities of Alimentos Solidarios can be found at their website…
http://alimentos.kuentame.com/

White River donate to El Preventorio

Local Masons donate to El Preventorio Children’s Home in Gandia

On Thursday, 24th November, WBro Keith Alcock, representing White River Lodge and who is also the Provincial Grand Charity Steward of Valencia, visited El Preventorio children’s home in Gandia to donate gifts collected largely from the Brethren of White River Lodge. The gifts consisted of no fewer than eight bin liners crammed with goodies and even more bags and boxes filled with toys and sweets. The larger bags were filled with clothes, shoes, games and toys for the children to help celebrate Christmas. Some were donated by Mason’s friends in the UK and brought back especially for the children. We were accompanied, as always, by Ms Silvia Barnish who regularly gives up her free time to help both the children and us. She acts as our liaison and translator and without her our visits would be much more difficult.

As many of the shoes and some of the toys were brand new, these were separated to be gift wrapped and put towards the gifts each child would receive for Christmas. The rest would be donated to children as and when needed. We were also greeted by old friend Sr Jorge Luengo, one of the many carers who help to run the home. He was a little tired this trip as he had just completed his first Valencia marathon at the weekend in a very creditable time of 3Hr37. Well done Jorge! As always the staff were incredibly grateful to receive these gifts and warmly thanked the Brothers of White River Lodge and indeed all the Brethren of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia for their long and continuing support.

Sadly, as is always the case, the home still need donations on a long term basis. They are now looking after around fifty-five children including some who are disabled. They receive no money from the state and all work is completed by volunteers and donations from the general public. If you feel able to donate either money or gifts I can be contacted on the email address given below. Items can also be left at the offices of Bay Radio in Javea who also support this charity on a long term basis. Please think, are you are able to offer just one toy to some child who otherwise may not get one? As many children are looking forward to a new PC, IPad or other electronic goody, these children are hoping for a second hand toy costing maybe a few euros when new. Please try to help.

If you need further information about the work of El Preventorio or if you are interested in Freemasonry please contact me and I will answer all your questions.

prensa@glpvalencia.com

WBro William Turney Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia.

Masonic Home of Valencia make donation

Masonic Home of Valencia makes donation to local charities.

On Wednesday Dec 7th, the Masonic Home of Valencia made their annual Christmas donations to local worthy causes.

First stop was at Bay Radio’s Javea Studio to present a cheque for 5000 Euros for Bay Radio’s Christmas appeal for the Preventorio orphanage in Gandia.

Jenny Hart, one of the Board members went on air with presenter Moody, on his ‘Breakfast with Moody’ slot.

The cheque was presented to Andy Stammers a director of the radio station.

Freemasons support Raquel Paya School

Local Freemasons continue support for Raquel Paya Special Needs School in Denia.

The Immediate Past Master of Logia Deportiva No 83, WBro Glyn Walters, is seen presenting a cheque for 500 euros to Miguel Lillimani, the Director of the Raquel Paya school. This money was raised from a fashion show held earlier in the year and, along with other events, represents total donations of 2,800 euros given this year alone to help the school. This donation will enable them to purchase specially adapted computer software as a teaching aid for speech therapy for use by children with vocal disabilities.

The Lodge has supported the school over the past seven years with the provision of specialist equipment ranging from a wheelchair swing, elevating massage tables, computers, training appliances and a dedicated mood and relaxation room. The School cares for those between 3 and 18 years old who need special care.

Students from the catering department are also pictured with their teachers, Bea Mayor and Niever Ramires, who prepared a lovely selection of sweet and savoury refreshments which were greatly enjoyed by all present.

The Logia Deportiva support for the school was started in 2009 by WBro Dave Oliver and then Worshipful Master WBro Neville Jackson who is pictured with the 2016 Charity Steward and Past Master WBro Darrell Clayton along with newest member of the Lodge Bro Peter Johnson. The party was also attended by our ladies and our Secretary WBro William Lloyd.

 If you would like further information about donating to the Raquel Paya school or would like more information about Freemasonry please contact me on the email given below

prensa@glpvalencia.com

WBro William Turney   Press Officer

Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia

The Masonic Home of Valencia “Make a Smile”

A welcome early Christmas Present for the ‘Make a Smile’ Charity

On Friday, 18th November, Bernard Wilson, secretary of The Masonic Home of Valencia Association, presented a cheque for 2000 Euros to the ‘Make A Smile’ Charity. This money was largely raised by the charity shop in Moraira which does a splendid job in raising money for good causes. This is one of those worthy causes and is an organization for mentally challenged children based at a home in Relleu, just inland from Benidorm. Using existing land and equipment the ‘Make A Smile’ charity has created a self sufficient farm that provides occupational therapy for the 24 youngsters based there. This not only teaches them self reliance but also provides useful knowledge which may help them to get jobs and better integrate into society – always a great aim!

The children grow vegetables, and harvest the olives from more than 1000 olive trees. These are later turned into olive oil and sold. They also produce more than 750 eggs a week from around 220 chickens, all of which are also then sold to the general public.

This donation  from The Association will help to buy flannelette sheets and pyjamas for the youngsters to help them keep warm over the winter as, unfortunately, the home cannot afford to keep the heat on all night in their bedrooms. It will also be used to take all the children for a special Christmas treat to enable them to go somewhere like Alicante to at least see the lights.

The picture shows the presentation by Bernard to Barbara and Dennis Carrier, leaders of the recycling team, at the El Cid restaurant who run weekly auctions in Benidoleig who work continuously by taking in unwanted furniture and bric a brac, which they mend, fix up and recycle to be sold at local auctions. Great work, whereby they recycle unwanted goods, preventing them from going into rubbish skips and landfill sites and, at the same time, raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

If you would like to help this very worthwhile cause or seek further information regarding the Masonic Home of Valencia, or even if you are just interested in finding out a little more about Freemasonry, please contact me at the following email address when I will be glad to answer all your questions.

prensa@glpvalencia.com

WBro William Turney   Press Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia.