ONE-HUNDRED-AND-SIXTEEN U3A Denia members and friends lined up along the Denia marina promenade last Sunday evening as they waited to board the Catamaran Sunset Cruise in aid of the Centro de Acogida de Menores in Las Rotas.
Once everyone was on board, the vessel set sail, detouring slighting from its usual route towards Javea to avoid the whales that were sighted in the bay some two days prior.
Rob Sweeney sang smooth renditions of hits from the Bee Gees and Michael Buble (much to the ladies’ delight) amongst various jazz and swing classics and had many members up on the deck-cum-dancefloor in no time at all.
A grand charity raffle was held, which brought the total raised to an outstanding €1,350.
Centro de Acogida de Menores is a residential home for children who have been taken into care for various reasons. The home is funded by the Valencian government but there is no budget available for repairs or decorating.
U3A Denia adopted the home as their ‘good cause’ and a volunteer group was formed to repair and decorate the home. The group held its first meeting in November 2011 and visited the home to meet with manager, Pilar.
Pilar was delighted to show the group around for them to see what areas of the home needed repair work and/ or decorating.
The group then spent the next few months going to the home every weekend, decorating all 15 bedrooms and the communal areas.
To raise funds, the group held several charity auctions at El Cid and Alan, the auctioneer, generously replaced every bed in the home.
Many members donated TVs, games, furniture and the like, making for a very pleasant ‘family home’ environment.
Through the generosity of its members, U3A Denia has been able to treat the children of the home to a ‘family day out’ every summer and they have also purchased special Christmas presents for each and every one of them since becoming involved in 2011.
The €1,350 raised from the Catamaran Sunset Cruise will cover all costs of this years ‘family day out’ to Aqualandia for the 23 children and 7 carers.
U3A Denia expresses its greatest thanks to everyone who attended the event and of course Mundo Marino for their hospitality, Rob Sweeney, Café Soles who provided the much-enjoyed food and donated to the raffle plus other local businesses who donated to the raffle – Giramondo Restaurant, La Sella and the Poligono Restaurant, Denia.
U3A Denia is the second most northerly U3A on the Costa Blanca and has been in operation for almost 12 years.
With just over 700 members, the association boasts over thirty specialist groups, with several card playing groups, Petanque, a Quiz Group, Genealogy, a Discussion Group and three Walking Groups.
For further information check out the U3A Denia website – http://www.u3adenia.com. The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning and this is particularly evident in the U3A Denia group, whose members generally meet once a month.
Please note the new season starts in September.