WHILST everyone enjoys the sun and tends to relax during August in particular, let us not forget that there are still children in different parts of Spain who need help, comfort and support. In Costa Blanca, Make A Smile is a non-profit organisation that aims to feed children in need and continues to raise funds and provide sustenance no matter the weather or political climate.
Their philosophy is that for the past few years, local children’s homes have been seriously short of funds for even the most basic needs. At Make A Smile, volunteers work with the community in raising funds and using these to supply a balanced diet and daily needs for 50 children in the Emaus group and a home with 24 mentally handicapped youngsters.
Make A Smile is determined at all times to make a positive impact on society. Their strong relationship with charities such as Emaus, Fundacion Relleu, Grant A Wish and others provide perfect examples of the benefits of the community working together to improve the lives of local underprivileged and vulnerable adults and children.
Indeed the charity helps to sponsor a farm in Relleu where eggs and vegetables are grown for the children who also have the chance to visit and become gardeners in their own right. It’s not just food but as the charity says, it’s making a child smile and one of their initiatives is with the Real Club Nautico del Calpe which makes five yachts available every few weeks to take out 32 children.
Euro Weekly News has been a long-time supporter of the charity which is run from Calpe by a number of expatriates, particularly president Lucy Rowat, and after making a recent donation we received the following response:
“Once again we would like to thank you and your team for the support you give Make A Smile. The funds you have donated will go towards summer activities for the children. Enabling the children to be active and engaged over the holidays is really important for them and of course their carers. Anything left over from the summer break will then go towards school books and supplies for September. You really do make a difference to these children¹s lives.”
The charity needs both publicity and funds. For more information and to offer help visit their Facebook page.