By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 April 2015 • 20:30
THE EURO WEEKLY NEWS caught up with antiques expert Mark Stacey between a radio broadcast and an evening reception as he rested his aching feet following a whistle-stop tour of Javea’s old town. Mark is in town on a mission – to support an ambitious fundraising event organised by Raise a Smile. It all happens in Javea on Sunday April 12, when half the town will turn out to cheer on participants in the Raise a Smile Charity Fun Run and Carnival, staged to raise a whopping €20,000 to help youngsters in the EMAUS children’s home in Relleu. Permanent change Organiser Sue Nutbrown said: “Well if we’re going to help these kids we should be doing it in a way that will change things permanently. Putting a little cash into the coffers is very thoughtful and of course always welcome but it is really just plastering over the cracks. Raise a Smile President Tony Grande had the brilliant idea of helping the home become self-sufficient – that costs a little more but in the end the kids will benefit enormously. And celebrities like Mark can help with that.” Mark will be taking part in a grand parade along Javea’s seafront, accompanied by Carnival Queen Lauren Denia. He will also be judging the best-dressed team from the ‘whacky racers’ taking part in one of the town’s biggest and most colourful fund raising events so far. Mark has had a fascination with all things ancient for most of his life, starting with his love of history as a child. He became a care worker before moving into the antiques trade aged 20: “Yes I went from dealing with old people to dealing with old things,” he laughed, “but things really began to take off when I joined Sotheby’s. Now 30 years on I am busy with all things connected with antiques, from valuations to road shows and so many linked events.” And there are plans afoot to organise a ‘Spanish roadshow project’ sometime in the Autumn so watch this space! Making a differenceThe Euro Weekly News asked Mark how he felt about the EMAUS kids and the cause behind the fun: “To me, and to anyone who is lucky enough to have enjoyed a stable, happy childhood, what these children have had to go through is unimaginable. I am delighted to do absolutely anything I can to help Tony, Sue and all the wonderful supporters who show up on the day to raise a truly useful, significant amount that will make a difference.” Mark will be at the Parador on Sunday afternoon, judging, chatting and helping to Raise a Smile. Jan Gamm
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