The roof is in the pudding!

SPIRITS RAISED: The ‘O’ Team were all smiles after the event

VERA ORPHANAGE could still be saved after a massive €11.500 was raised towards repairs.

Thanks to the efforts of chief fundraiser Keith Holland, Shea Fox of Restaurante La Parata and their organising team, The ‘O’ Team, this fantastic achievement will contribute significantly to maintaining a safe and healthy environment at the home for all who live and work there.

The money raised will contribute to over half of the cost of essential repairs to the roof of Casa Hogar, the Orphanage in the centre of Vera.

AL FRESCO DINING: Guests enjoy their meal

Over 100 guests were treated to an excellent meal provided by Shea and his team of nine during the event.

Donations to the appeal were made through an auction, raffle and other events. Shea Fox made a generous contribution and an anonymous donation of over €4.000 was received. Entertainment was provided by the brilliant Ashley and Dainius and ace crooner Jack Law and the event was compèred by Paratá resident and Wannabee front man Paul Burt.

“To achieve such a fund total for a local charity, from local people, is probably unprecedented in Almeria”, Holland said.

“I cannot overstress the benefit of the work that can now be completed to help the residents and workers at Casa Hogar thanks to the donations from local businesses and individuals.”

“I must also highlight that this was an event supported by an international, multicultural, multi-ethnic group of generous individuals and businesses,” Holland added.

“As well as our Spanish supporters, there was a great representation of European expatriates who now live in Almeria, as well as from other areas around the globe. I must thank everyone of all nationalities who supported the event for this very important cause.”

Casa Hogar’s history

Casa Hogar has been open since 1872 and has a capacity to care for 24 children up to 18 years of age; providing care, comfort and encouragement to orphans, underprivileged and, occasionally, abused children and young adults.

The main aim of the home is to create a space where children are looked after, promoting their development as people, combining technical quality and human warmth. Casa Hogar belongs to the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and is dedicated to serving the most disadvantaged groups of society, through planned and comprehensive social action. During its life it has served social, welfare and educational requirements including nursery facilities for infants, a hospital and a school house.

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul is an international congregation founded 384 years ago and is composed of more than twenty thousand Sisters of Charity who work in 93 countries in development projects and help marginalised people.