HAH Mar Menor now has the necessary licences etc., to hold an It's a Knockout competition on the beach at Los Urrutias on Sunday September 16th, starting at 10am. To be known as the Elva Fincham Memorial Trophy event, we are now looking for 10 teams to consist of 8 people (mixed, over 16) to participate. We are hoping that this will be an annual event, and lots of fun for all the teams. There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, medals for winners, prizes for 'best dressed' (fancy or otherwise) teams, and for the individual who raises the most sponsorship. Entry is free, but each team to collect 100€ in sponsorship. We have permission from the Vecinos to provide our own freshly barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers. Come on clubs, pubs, businesses etc., prepare to have fun competing, and getting wet! Entry forms are now available, and the cut-off date for teams is Wednesday, August 15th. If you would like to take part in this, our first event, please email email@example.com, or telephone Angela on 868 186 725 Celia 968 574 576 Lesley 968 134 978 for further details.
As part of Bay Radio’s “Be Nice Day” HELP Murcia Mar Menor's happy walkers did the 5 km walk along the promenade by the Los Alcazares beach on Sunday 6th May. On a very hot day, some volunteers donned their clown outfits and even the Policia motorcycle escorts enjoyed the occasion. The total sponsorship money is still coming in but it seems clear that Carol Sherry will top the sponsorship poll. Well done and a big “Thank You” to everyone who participated.
Café Golf, San Javier organised a Charity Golf Day at La Tercia in aid of MABS Cancer Support Group in Murcia. The weather was perfect and the teams started the day with a Putting and Chipping competition before playing 18 Holes. Competition results for the day were: Winning Team:Barry Beale, Paul Hamlin, Keith Powell and Christopher PaulSecond:Gordi, John Stafford, Ian Crookall and Ron BurksThird:Ivor Jones, Denis Eddy, Rod Andrew and Paul PottageNearest the Pin:Paul HamlinLongest Drive:Barry BealeChipping:Howard PyrahPutting:John Stafford Holes were sponsored by Iceland and Legs & Co, two of MABS main sponsors. Café Golf also hosted the presentations in the evening, which took place after a BBQ supper (a regular Thursday night feature). There was also a raffle and entertainment with Nick Barker, ensuring that everyone had an enjoyable evening. A total of 623€ was raised, which included a donation of £100 from one of the guests. Fundraising Co-ordinator, Janet Bell, thanked the golfers and evening guests, saying “Fundraising is hard work, but made very worthwhile by people like Nike and Neil of Café Golf and the generosity of all who contributed to the day’s success. Without you, we couldn’t carry on helping the people who need it most in the Murcia region, those affected by cancer.” MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
As part of Bay Radio’s Be Nice Day HELP Murcia Mar Menor is organising a 5 km walk on Sunday 6th May, simultaneously with other walks along the Costa Blanca/Costa Calida. HELP’s walk will start at 11.15 a.m. from Hotel L’Ascension, Los Alcazares and entrants will walk along the promenade from Pintor Pedro (the junction of Calle del Pintor Pedro Flores) to L'Ascension and return i.e. go back to the Hotel L’Ascension. Water stations will be available approximately every 850 metres. The entry fee is €5, which will be deducted from sponsorship monies raised. All money raised (less costs) will be shared between HELP MMM and the local Caritas charity. If you can’t do the run yourself, please sponsor someone else. Phone the office on 968 570 059 or ring Bernard on 659 751 611 for details or entry/sponsorship forms, or call into the office at Calle Penelope 11, Urbanisation Oasis, Los Narejos. It is a walk, not a race, and you can wear fancy dress or walk with a pet. Bernard Ash, president of HELP Murcia Mar Menor HELP Murcia Mar Menor aims to provide a service to ALL:- o Mobility Equipment Loans o Hospital Visiting o Information on Living in Spain, o Support Groups o Interpreter details o Assisting and liaising with other charities.
By Bill Leckie Anyone connected with The Mary Leishman Foundation can say is...has it been a year already? It only seems like yesterday that we were basking in the astonishing hospitality of our Spain's hosts as our fundraising efforts took on a continental flavour. We reckoned we were taking a risk in organising a golf weekend in another country. Our fears were allayed the moment the plane touched down. 2 years on, everyone involved in last year's Golf For Mary event still talks about what an amazing weekend it was – and the truth is that we were barely back home in not-so-sunny Scotland before the pleas started coming in to sign up for next time round. There wasn't even any point in the Trustees sitting down to decide if we should give it a go again. The reaction of everyone who took part made our minds up for us, so, here we go again, heading back for another fun-packed few days of sport, friendship and charity that no one involved will ever forget. Mary was a terrific woman, a singer, an actress, everyone's favourite 'hostess with the mostest'. She was a wonderful mum to Kate and Jamie and a devoted wife to Jim, one of Scottish football's favourite characters. Back in February 2009, we lost her, a victim of the vicious swine that is cancer. It was a shattering blow to all who knew and loved her and the best way any of us could think to keep her memory alive was to set up a charity in her name. The aim of the Foundation from day one was two-fold: To ease suffering and encourage potential. It's a motto that has helped us help so many, not only in Jim and Mary's home town of Dunfermline but all across Scotland. We've had two glitzy dinner-dances tagged The Ball For Mary, two Celebrity Football Games we call The Match For Mary and now we're ready for the second staging of Golf For Mary. It's ALL for Mary! The support given to her family over the past two years had been quite incredible. Emotionally, it's helped them cope with a death that could have made them cave. Financially? Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves when we look at a fundraising running total of £520,000. It just doesn't seem real, this huge amount of money out of a chat between grieving friends. The generosity we receive never ceases to amaze us. Take last 2 year's golf – we set out thinking we might be lucky to break even, but in the end we cleared a fantastic €15,000! That's down to all of you, our friends in España. You opened you hearts, your doors and – yes – your wallets to us last May and we hope this year you can find a space for us again. The Celebrity Golf Day on Sat 26th May is being hosted for the third year at the beautiful La Peraleja Golf Sucina and is open to all. Like last time, we've been taken aback by the response from celebrities we've asked to take part. Nothing is too much trouble for these guys and their contribution to the enjoyment of so many others is tribute to what Jim Leishman means to them. This year's crop include: Jimmy Case, Cyrille Regis, John leslie Ex-Spurs and Chelsea striker Gordon Durie 1978 World Cup star Joe Harper Irrepressible ex-Manchester United and Wales' midfielder Mickey Thomas What a crew THAT is! The fact is, none of this works without you, the Spanish branch of the Mary Leishman Foundation, so all we can say to you as the bags are packed is...get ready to party all over again. Tickets for The Celebrity Golf For Mary Evening Event at Spa Hotel, Torre Pacheco on Sat 26 th May cost 50€ to include cocktail on arrival followed by a 4 course meal including beer & wine and a night of entertainment 6.15 pm until late. Mary Leishman Foundation also has a special rate to stay at the Spa Torre Pacheco Hotel on Sat 26th May 75€ per room incl breakfast and late check out. For tickets or to book accommodation contact Shirley Graham 634 312 512 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A small but hardy group of ADAPT members enjoyed a ramble through the beautiful Calblanque area on Saturday 18th February. The weather was kind to us as we set off from the spectacular Portman bay climbing up into the pine forests. After a gentle walk through overhanging trees and wild flowers we met the old Roman Road which cuts across this historic mining landscape. The Roman Road, which is now a well marked path with wooden bridges, took us back to our starting point by the bay. The walk left us all with the desire to go back and explore more of this stunning area of natural beauty and history. The Rambling group is part of the ADAPT association which meets in the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro del Pinatar, on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am. For more information visit www.adaptsanpedro.eu
HELP Murcia Mar Menor would like to publicly express their gratitude to Lynn Preston, Zumba Instructor, for very kindly donating half of the proceeds (€375) of the Zumbathon held at the Torre Pacheco Hotel on 5th November 2011 to HELP Murcia Mar Menor. HELP Murcia Mar Menor receive no assistance from provincial or local government, therefore all time and donations are greatly appreciated. We aim to help people of all ages by the loan of Mobility Equipment, Hospital Visiting, Information on Living in Spain, Cancer & other Support Groups, Interpreter details and assisting other charities.
Does anyone know if any of the Mar Menor marinas have permanent berths/moorings available to rent for small craft, at a reasonable price? We are moving from Malaga and the waiting lists around here are years long.Unless you've got megabucks to buy one outright.We are interested in buying a boat,if it comes with a birth or mooring.P.& A. W.
There is still time to enter the MABS Race for Life this weekend run, walk or jog 4km or 8km. Entry forms and sponsor sheets availlable from Best Wishes, Tropikana Bar, Costs Cafe, Mercers, Trevi. Entry is just 5€ and includes a T-shirt. All monies raies will go the MASB Mazarron.
La Vereda Restaurant in Sucina was the fantastic venue for the recent dinner dance organised by the Sucina Golf Society. Following an excellent 5 course dinner, trophies were awarded to the successful golfers, and winners of various matches. This was followed by a presentation of a cheque for 500€ to HAH Help at Home. This years’ captain, Andy Harvey on presenting the cheque said that “we chose HAH as our charity this year, because it is such a worthwhile cause, and the work they do in the community is something that we may all need at some time”. This was followed by a raffle when a lovely gentleman, who won 50€ also donated this to HAH. Nurse Practitioner, Lynda Christopher said, “ we are constantly amazed at the generosity and support shown to HAH, and we are delighted to be able to help so many people in our community.”
The Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) presented a cheque for 2,500 Euros to MABS, from the money collected for the SAMM MABS Sponsored Charity Sailing Race held on 25th September 2011. The day began with very little wind but fortunately as the start time approached it began to improve. The direction was constantly changing between North East and East which presented something of a headache for the race officers including Barrie Harding, a professional race officer who came over from Cowes. when setting the two courses. The Class 1 Race (Cruisers) was won by Norwegian Ole Jan Midttun, in his beautiful Benateau First 44.7 "Apex". In second place was Derek English in the Stryder Club catamaran "Hamoor". In third place was Ian Robinson in the Benateau Ocianis 36 "Lottie". The Class 2 Race (Dinghies). The winner was Alan Hillman in a Laser Bahia. Second was Brian Murray sailing the Weta 14 Trimaran. In third place were Ingo Wilson and Vernon O’Byrne sailing the Laser 2000 “Shoestring Tres”. MABS would like to thank everyone involved with the race from the helms and their crews, Bob Miles and the 2 safety boat crews, the committee boat, Moody 30 “Rosie” owned by Huw and Margaret Jones, and all the other people within SAMM who made the day such a success. If you would like to find out more and see photos go to www.sailingmarmenor.com
Now that most of the tourists have gone along with the really high temperatures, I've decided to spend the day at the beach this weekend. Where in your opinion is the best beach in the region with proper sand instead of pebbles or rocks in the water? I live close to La Manga but the Mar Menor is still full of jellyfish so not ideal for swimming. Suggestions very much appreciated.
Would anyone be interested in playing or attending a weekend of 20/20 cricket featuring clubs from UK, Spain, Ireland, Belgium in aid of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.Professional cricketers past and present will be attending along with Simon Weston OBE, Paul Burnham (Founder of the Barmy Army) and Sarah Botham, daughter of Sir Ian Botham who has raised over 13million pounds for the charity. For spectators there will be refereshments available throughout the weekend, cricket starting at 9.30am every morning.If you are interested in playing or spectating (free admission all weekend) during this weekend there are spaces available, please contact me for more information.There are also tickets available at 35 euros for the gala dinner on Saturday 24th September. This will be a bar bq event and hosted by Simon Weston OBE. There will be a charity auction and raffle with prizes including:- Corporate Box tickets for 2 for a day of the Lords Test 2012 England v W Indies (including flights to the UK) Tickets in the LLR Box for the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert (including flights from Spain to UK) Signed Cricket Bat (Current Indian Test Side) Signed Pele Football Signed Mohammed Ali Boxing Glove Signed Sir Ian Botham Cricket Bats Again for more information on this event please contact Andy House (email@example.com or call 676 806 964) or pm here
Gill Gibson from Mazarrón is coming up to her 65th birthday and her partner, Mike, decided that this is the time to make one of her dreams come true. So she’ll be jumping out of an aircraft from 15,000 feet! Not everyone’s “dream” but Gill is up for it, she says: “It is a tandem jump where I hitch a ride on the back of an experienced skydiver – I haven't got the nerve to do it on my own. And my son, Glen, who is 38 years old, is also doing the jump with me. It’s now or never – and it might as well be now!” The date of the jump is Friday, 26th August 2011 with SkyDive at Hibalstow Airfield, near Briggin Lincolnshire (weather permitting). Gill is already in the UK, getting herself fit for the awesome task ahead. This was a last-minute surprise, so Gill didn’t have much time to get sponsors for her jump before she left for the UK and is now on a hectic schedule to get fit for the big day. As she is jumping in aid of Spanish Charity “MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP”, she’d like as many people as possible to support and sponsor her both in Spain and in the UK. Please contact MABS if you would like to sponsor Gill: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0034) 693 824 511. If you are in the UK, feel free to call my colleague, Lin, on 0844 910 3271. Well done, in advance, Gill – we’re very proud of you and looking forward to seeing the photos and video!