THE Dames in Spain (Mojacar) got the Costa Almeria Festive Season off to a fantastic start with its grand fundraising Christmas bazaar, and the Euro Weekly News was there to join in the fun.
Saturday morning’s event at Mojacar’s multi-uses centre was packed with a mixed nationality crowd.
The local council provided the venue and gave its full support to the bazaar. Mojacar Mayor Rosmari Cano was among those enjoying the atmosphere and browsing the stalls laden with home-made cakes, Christmas gift ideas, mulled wine and mince pies.
“Every year this is the start of Christmas for us”, Rosmari told EWN.
“We’re delighted to be supporting the event with the British community again, and above all else, collaborating with all the causes which have stalls here. It’s a pleasure to be here once more.”
The Christmassy music was one of the top attractions. A rousing performance by the Mojacar band was followed by a medley of well-loved carols belted out by Tony Justice and Lady Ellen.
Bazaar-goers, the EWN team among them, proved they were in fine voice, joining in with the sing-along with enormous enthusiasm.
EWN was the proud official media sponsor for the event and contributed this year’s top prize for the grand raffle, a fabulous Smart TV.
Tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes. The lucky lady taking home the TVE was long-time Mojacar resident Maureen Tew.
The most moving part of the morning was the presentation of cheques for €1,000 each to the Dames’ chosen charities this year: the MACS cancer association, the Asprodalba association for the intellectually disabled and the Stepping Stones carers group.
Speaking to EWN, MACS’ Dave Brown praised the Dames in Spain for the amount the group contributes to the cancer charity every year.
“The money is always put to good use as most people know, and I can’t thank them enough, especially the Chairman Carol Threlfall and all the committee members. They do us proud”, Dave said.
Dames Chairman Carol was full of praise for all the committee members who worked so hard to make this year’s bazaar such a success and raise a grand total of €2,528.
“I think it went brilliantly”, she told EWN.
“I’m really happy with our committee: they’ve done a mega job.
“And thank you to the Euro Weekly News for sponsoring us: it was super!”