Javea Grapevine Issue No. 170 - 2014 - Page 74

74 | The Grapevine Issue 170 2014 By the end of the project, the Brethren of the Province of Valencia raised over €165.000 towards their Festival Target. Many and varied money raising events took place throughout the Province. Activities included Dinner Dances, Firework Evenings, Las Vegas Evenings, Treasure Hunts, BBQ’s, Hog Roasts, Carol Concerts, Sponsored Walks, Mountain Climbs and many, many other fund raising events. It has been really encouraging that those events were organised not only by the Brethren but also by their wives, partners, girlfriends, family and friends and so the Festival has definitely achieved the objective of bring the whole Province together with this common cause.   This is an amazing achievement and the Festival has now purchased their 2nd vehicle which has noew been presented. This time it was a Homeless Support Vehicle in Cruz Roja Ambulance Livery. This type of vehicle will, as its name implies, be designed to assist people who, for whatever reason, find themselves homeless and in need of medical or  social support facilities. It will also include personal shower fa- cilities, supply fresh clean clothing and general support to individuals. This is a completely new and innovative move for Cruz Roja and will have a significant impact on the way that they deal with social issues in the future. It is anticipated that such a vehicle will receive major publicity and the Province of Valencia are proud to be there at the beginning of this new venture in providing help for the homeless of Spain. The organising of the Festival was without doubt a challenge and it was a huge learning curve for its participants. The difficulties of dealing with a major organisation and the legal requirements necessary in a task of this size cannot be underestimated but the end result has been more than worthwhile. The Festival culminated with a Provincial Gala Night on 31st May 2014. Barrie Roy Mansell – Provincial Grand Master of Valencia Javier Gimeno Blanes – President Cruz Roja Alicante James W Jordan – President Festival 2014 Committee www.glpvalencia.com