Expats race to raise a smile for children’s home

JAVEA will be stormed by eager fundraisers on Sunday April 12 when the charity Raise a Smile takes to the streets.

 Hundreds of people in fancy dress will set out to complete a three-kilometre run, walk – or in some cases crawl – to raise cash for the EMAUS home in Relleu.

Tony and Lucy Grande of Raise a Smile (pictured with special guest Mark Stacey) and organiser Sue Nutbrown have gone all out with an ambitious target of €20,000 for a special project to benefit youngsters in the home.

“We are determined to raise enough cash to set the home up as a self-sufficient organisation,” said Sue. “They are already keeping 120 chickens, growing vegetables and harvesting olives to make their own olive oil. With a large cash injection they can do even more and we intend to see they get the help they so badly need.”

The town is standing firmly behind the project, showing the EMAUS kids how much can be achieved when a strong community pools its resources.

There will be a motorcade of Harley Davidsons touring the route from the port, via Avenida August and back onto the seafront road to the Parador, followed by classic cars and the Carnival Queen Lauren Denia and antiques expert Mark Stacey, affectionately dubbed ‘Beauty and the Beast!’

The parade will include wacky costumes; look out for Scooby-Doo and the ‘soooo Money Supermarket’ man in jacket, tie and five-inch stilettos!

Xabia International College will be there, walking five abreast with their ankles tied together and one participant has promised to complete the course walking backwards.

The Parador carnival

The event congregates at the Parador for an afternoon of fun and carnival, with a bouncy castle, live bands, Zumba and food. The Parador has generously agreed to donate the afternoon’s takings.

The event starts at noon – entry is €5 for adults and €3 for children. For more information call Sue on 679 369 909 or email [email protected] bayradio.fm.

Registration and donations can be made online at http://bayradio3kchallenge.eventbrite.co.uk

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