IN last week’s edition (18) of RTN, new La Cala de Mijas Lions president Julie Barry explained her role and this week we speak to her colleague and Lions PR specialist Anita Humphreys.
After spending many years working for international publishers such as Reed International and having a holiday home on the Costa del Sol, Anita had to recover from a major back operation.
She and her husband spent more and more time in Spain, where the weather was so much better for her so they decided to move over permanently 27 years ago, living in the Costa del Sol but keeping a yacht in Barbate in Cadiz Province.
They enjoyed the fact that Barbate was within relatively easy driving distance but was in many ways quite different to the area in which they had settled.
Anita set up a management consultancy and as she was fluent in Spanish settled into the life in Spain very easily retiring some 10 years ago and now living near El Faro between La Cala and Fuengirola.
Having enjoyed a very busy life, which had included working with the Colchester Military Tattoo back in the UK, she needed to keep both her mind and body active, so she offered her services as a volunteer at the Lions shop in La Cala.
Sadly, her husband passed away but she was determined to keep involved with the charity and was admitted to the group of 36 Lions two and a half years ago.
Now she is heavily involved in promoting the charity, issuing press releases and obtaining as much coverage as possible with the aim of helping to increase the number of volunteers as well as obtain both funds and donations of items for the shop which raises so much for the charity.
Although she and her husband had no children of their own, she has 12 nieces and nephews so regularly hosts members of the family who often visit and she and her sister who are very close literally swop properties whenever the mood takes them.
When asked what she likes most about Spain, Anita is very quick to praise the country, saying “I like the laid back attitude.
“The Spanish live in the moment and are very spontaneous.
“Things do get done but it may take some time to see results.”
She had to think longer about things she doesn’t like but managed to highlight “the way people drive” adding diplomatically “there is plenty of bureaucracy.”
The thing that is most impressive about La Cala de Mijas Lions is the fact that with a relatively small number of highly dedicated members and volunteers, they are able to do so much to help local causes, raising between €50,000 and €80,000 each year.
Customers and volunteers are always welcome at the La Cala Lions charity shop at Calle Torremolinos and if you wish to help or donate any items please call 677 05 90 61.