By Cathy Elelman • 09 May 2019 • 13:27
RECOGNITION: RBL Mojacar chairman Andrew Richardson and branch organiser Nick Allbeury show their appreciation to the Euro Weekly News and The Salty Dog for their support.
THE Mojacar Royal British Legion has expressed its thanks to the Euro Weekly News for being a “staunch supporter” of the association.
Chairman of the RBL Mojacar branch, Andrew Richardson, presented Almeria Regional Manager Jackie Butcher and Almeria edition local reporter Cathy Elelman with a certificate of appreciation for publishing the branch’s news and events.
RBL Mojacar organised Tuesday’s presentation at The Salty Dog in Mojacar Playa to officially recognise not only the support of the EWN, but also of local businesses and associations which this year have raised money for the RBL Mojacar branch Poppy Appeal.
Iceland Supermarket, Bar La Sarten, the Oasis Bar, Indalo Partners, Scotty’s restaurant, the Masons, the Anglican Church, the Alfaix shop, Badgers restaurant, Los Conteros restaurant, Ibex Insurance, Stella’s salon, The Bistro restaurant, Kukis Restaurant, Tikar hotel and restaurant and Scotsdale Insurance have all raised well over €100 for the appeal this year. So too has the presentation venue.
The Salty Dog came up with a particularly innovative way of raising funds for the RBL. When owner Jay got fed up with Brexit talk his solution was to turn an irritation to good. Jay warned that anybody letting slip with the dreaded ‘B’ word would be fined a €1 penalty and asked to donate the money to the Poppy Appeal box. The result, €135!
RBL members, the general public and businesses throughout the Costa Almeria area raised an impressive €14,000 for the RBL Poppy Appeal last year.
Commenting on the fantastic local fundraising efforts, Andrew told EWN, “There are so many supporters it is difficult to pick out a few. This year we decided to choose those businesses and organisations which have annually contributed over €100 euros to the Poppy Appeal and award a small token of gratitude in the shape of a certificate of appreciation.
“However I would like to thank everybody, from those who have helped with a few euros to the businesses with large donations. Every euro is valuable to those in need. Thank you to you all.”
The Poppy Appeal is a worldwide effort to raise money for serving Armed Forces personnel who have been injured during their service, for ex-service personnel who have health problems or are in need of support, and for the immediate families of ex-service personnel who are in need of special support. The funds are directed to a wide range of purposes, from prosthetics for badly wounded service personnel to widows who have fallen on financially hard times.
If any of the EWN readers have a business in the Costa Almeria area and believe they can assist in the collection of funds or hold an event to raise money for the Poppy Appeal, contact RBL Mojacar branch organiser Major (retired) Nick Allbeury MBE by e-mail at: [email protected]
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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