Two events took place over the weekend outside the Orihuela Costa Town Hall. On Saturday there was a Charity Party organised by the Town Hall aimed at International residents and their Associations.
There was representation from HELP at Home CB and the Orihuela Costa Community Care Group but most of the on stage activities were provided by groups from Eastern Europe with the dancers, especially the children, presenting routines that would put some of the ‘Strictly’ team to shame. They really were that good.
There was a steady throughput of visitors all afternoon and having now got the flavour with this very first Christmas event, I would expect the organisers to build on what they achieved on Saturday, hopefully with a rather better input from Brit and Irish expats, when they hold the event again in 2018.
On Sunday the Orihuela Costa Community Care Group were out again, but this time in support of their final Tasha Appeal of the year.
The event was focussed on Christmas crafts, cakes, jewellery, cards and a raffle, in an effort to raise funds to send Tasha to the USA for specialist treatment and although Tasha herself was unfortunately too ill to attend her father Andy was joined by three friends in cycling the 30 km from La Marina to the charity venue in Playa Flamenca.
Andy, who says that he is most definitely not a cyclist, looked rather bedraggled as he pulled up alongside Alfonso’s restaurant at about 3pm, but he described the group’s efforts as well worthwhile, having raised between 1700 and 2000 euros for their efforts.
Andy was joined on the ride by Kevin Barnes from La Marina, John Clarke of Sapphire Properties and Richard Cavendish from Blue Moon Solutions.
Stevie Spit hosted the day’s live entertainment, with Melissa Jade Williams, Cindy Fitzpatrick, The Honey’s Duo, both former members of TAABS, and Paris with her Essence Dancers, all providing their time for free.
The event was organised by Norah and Penny of the Orihuela Costa Community Care Association.
If you would like to make a donation to the Tasha Appeal you can do so be searching for Tasha’s page at the Gofundme website or you can drop it in to the Celtic Isle every Saturday.
Alternatively, volunteers will be collecting for Tasha in the main square of La Zenia Boulevard tomorrow, Tuesday 19th December, and every day during the coming week, from 10am till late.