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"The Fun Day". December 6th 2008.

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The Fun Day was held at De Ja Vue 2, La Cala, on the 6th of December. Not all the expected stalls arrived but it was sunny, if not particularly warm. Unfortunately, there were not very many people around but the day was enjoyed by all those who participated. Between the morning events & the evening Karaoke 800€ was raised, after expenses. Our grateful thanks go to all the staff of the restaurant.

Presidents talk to "Companions". November 18th 2008.

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On the 18th November, President Sheila Lewer, was invited to Companions, in Albir, to give a talk to members about the aims & functions of Help Benidorm. This was well received and they held a Bingo session and Quiz night, the proceeds of which €619, were donated to Help. Our grateful thanks to all.

Christmas Fayre. November 15th 2008.

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We held our Help Christmas Fair at Villasol Camp Site on Saturday, 15th of November. All hands were put to the pumps and €1.200 was raised. The tombola (bottle) stall did the best as usual and all the cakes, mince pies and home produce sold out. Thanks to all who provided goods and helped on the day.

Sightseeing Tour. November 11th 2008.

Pearl organized a tour for twelve members through Gandia Tours. They were away for the nights of 11th to the 13th of November, visiting Madrid, Toledo and travelling some of the Don Quixote route. Everyone enjoyed themselves and Pearl gave high praise to the tour company.

The Beach Party, La Cala Finestrat. July 1st 2008.

Beach Party 2008

A BIG thank you to all of those who attended our beach party. There was a good turnout of over 35 Help members. Food and drink was plentiful and provided by all of us. The weather was beautiful and some of us even had a swim in the sea. A raffle raised 69 euros for Help funds.

Caroline, our Visits Co-Ordinator, was presented with her leaving card and present from Help members. Caroline will be returning to England at the end of August.

The first photo shows a few of our ladies enjoying the buffet. The second, June modelling her trendy sunhat!

Fundraising Event – Pheasant Plucker, La Cala Finestrat. June 11th 2008.

Fund Raising 2008

A fund raiser was organised at the Pheasant Plucker on the 11th of June. Harry, a Help member, along with the owner of the Pheasant Plucker, arranged a good night of fun. A buffet was provided and with a raffle and auction, 135 euros were raised for Help’s funds.

A big thank you to you all who provided any of the raffle prizes and to all of those who attended and supported the event. We look forward to a repeat later on in the year.

WIBC Guest talk, April 24 2008

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Suzanna Mace was our guest speaker at our Help Meeting on the 24th of April.

Suzanna is the President of the WIBC (Women in Business Club). This organisation is a social and business networking club for women.

Not all members are in business, just women that mean business. The WIBC also raise funds for victims of domestic violence. They constantly highlight this problem and Spain now has a national 24 hour helpline for advice and support. The number is 016 and there are operators who speak in 6 different languages, English being one.

Emaus Children’s home in Relleau. March 11 2008

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We continue to sponsor the Emaus Children’s home in Relleau. We are now into our second year and it is still a joy to bring so much pleasure to the children’s lives. On the 11th of March we visited the eleven children and brought Easter eggs for each child. The staff at the home had also requested new summer bedding for the children and we also came laden with a dozen new bed sets and pillows!. The children recognize us and trust us and we are continually covered in kisses and lots of hugs, it really is a joy to visit. The staff are most welcoming and coffee and cake is always provided.

Easter Party. February 14 2008

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Our annual Help Christmas party was cancelled last year due to unforeseen circumstances. Instead we held an Easter Party on Friday 14th of March.

Almost 100 Help members attended the Easter party, held at the new La Nucia community centre. Food and drink was in abundance from potato salad to fruit cake. Most was home-made and provided by certain members.

Our entertainment was ‘home-grown’ this year. What a variety! The acts consisted of singing, dancing, poetry reading to the playing of castanets. There were certainly a few stars amongst our members.

AGM. January 2008

AGM 2008

AGM. Our AGM was held early this year on the 31st of January 2008. Due to circumstances our President Sue Ruela resigned before the AGM. Sue really was a great asset to Help and worked tirelessly to assist all sorts of diverse and critical situations that we now have to deal with in Benidorm. Sue will be missed very much and we wish her all the best. Ann and Josie too had decided to step down from the' Memberships' task and resign from the committee.

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