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F.A.C.E Celebrating 10years of Fundraising.

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) is proud that it has completed 10 years of fundraising in the local community and is proud of its 10 years of history, which has helped to make it the premier people charity in the Almanzora Valley 

In 2003 the mother of the former F.A.C.E. President Adele Wrigglesworth registered her to take part in the “MacMillan Biggest Ever Coffee Morning in the World” Event . Adele had never done charity work before, but with the aid of friends and neighbours, she accepted her mothers challenge and set about organising her first ever charity event, which was held in her garden in Los Garcias in Arboleas. Over the following couple of years the event grew from being a garden event to taking over the whole street. However it was felt that money raised in Spain, should remain in Spain, and so from these humble beginnings, and with much help from the Arboleas Ayuntamiento, the present day F.A.C.E. Charity was born! 

F.A.C.E. is a hard working group of fund raisers, who try to raise funds for various organisations at both a local level for Arboleas and throughout the Almanzora Valley and at a more regional level throughout Southern Spain. 

F.A.C.E. organises different events throughout the year, including Raffles, Tombola’s, Bar Services for local theatre groups, quizzes and “nearly new” clothes sales. In addition it organises and hosts two major events in Arboleas. These are a Christmas Night Market and a Mid Summer Fayre. 

In July 2015 F.A.C.E. was nominated and won a prestigious award at the 6th Annual Almanzora Valley Awards for its charity work. This was the first time that a British run charity had been put forward for one of these awards. 

F.A.C.E has supported over the years on a national level the A.E.C.C. (Asociación Española Contra el Cancer) and A.L.C.E.R. (Asociación para la Lucha Contra Las Enfermedades del Riñon). On a more regional basis it has suported M.A.C.S (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) and locally it has in the past supported Little Owls in Arboleas, Grupo Scout 106 del Saliente in Albox and Harmony in Alfoquia. In addition it has provided Christmas hampers and Christmas presents for the poorest families in the region of Arboleas. 

The present F.A.C.E. Committee comprises of President Carrie Green, Vice President Gilly Elliott-Binns, Treasurer Lynne Dobie, Secretary Lorraine Cundy, Assistant Secretary Pauline Marshall, Press Officer Richard Tolman and Nicki Wakeman. 

F.A.C.E. hopes to Celebrate It's Tenth Anniversary in style however, it needs to firstly hold it's Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Friday 2nd March at the Hostel Meson at 10-30am so that the Committee that is elected can continue with the good work that has already been achieved over the forthcoming 12 months. Any member of the public is welcome to attend.  

Other dates you may like to make a note of in your diary will be the 9th  & 10th  March at 7-30pm and again on Sunday 11th March at 3-00pm when F.A.C.E will be supporting The Luvvies Theatre Group who will be presenting  JB Priestly’s “When We Are Married” at the Teatro Pedro Gilabert in Arboleas. F.A.C.E. will be providing a pre-performance and interval bar. On the 4th, 5th and 6th May F.A.C.E. will again be providing support services to the Incognito Choir at the Teatro Pedro Gilabert in Arboleas and once again will be providing a pre-performance and interval bar. 

For further information about F.A.C.E. and the work it undertakes, or if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of fundraisers, please attend our AGM on Friday 2nd March or contact F.A.C.E. by using the telephone number 634 306 727. F.A.C.E can also be contacted through it's new account  @FACECharity www.twittter.com or on it's Web Page at www.face-charity.com and also through its own Facebook Page. 

F.A.C.E. Grand Christms Raffle Winner.

F.A.C.E. Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) recently presented David Cope with the €200 he won on the F.A.C.E. Grand Christmas Raffle. David and his wife Val had purchased their raffle tickets previous to the F.A.C.E. Christmas Market because they were returning to the United Kingdom for Christmas and the New Year. Infact they flew back to the United Kingdom on the day of the draw. Hence it was a lovely surprise for them to find out they had won the €200 when F.A.C.E. contacted them on the telephone on their first night of their Vacation. 

The presentation was made by F.A.C.E. President Carrie Ann Earl. 

David intends to spend the money on repairs and renewals to the heating system of their house.


F.A.C.E. Christmas Market Raises Over €2,700. 

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) took place on the first night of December in an especially erected marquee situated in the centre of Arboleas, outside the Ayuntamiento. 

The market was officially opened by Arboleas Councillor Mark "Danny" Daniels accompanied by F.A.C.E. President Carrie Green.

Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by 89,8 Smooth FM Radio presenters Jack Savage, Rod Oxley, Gale Force, Tony Nash, Ricky Cross and Richard Bond, with assistance from Carole Brumwell and station owners Bev and Neil Holmes. A theatrical Line Dance Exhibition was also performed by "Carrie's Dusty Boots" using the musical "Oliver" as their main theme. Santa Claus was also kind enough to take time out from his usual busy December period and pay a visit to the Christmas Market accompanied by a rather tall Santa's Little Helper.

Throughout the evening various "Christmas Presents" were given, in the form of a cheque, to different charities and organisations. The Grupo Scout 106 del Saliente, the "Little Owls" and M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) were all given a cheque for €500. The two National Charities A.L.C.E.R. (Asociación para la Lucha Enfermadades del Riñon) and the A.E.C.C. (Asociación Española Contra El Cancer) both received cheques for €1,000. This made a total of €3.500 given away as "Christmas Presents". 

The F.A.C.E. Grand Christmas Draw also took place at the Christmas Market and was won by David Cope. The full list of Prize Winners in the draw can be seen on either the F.A.C.E. Facebook Page or the F.A.C.E. Website.

The total amount of money raised by the Christmas Market was a fantastic €2,741-51, and this money will go towards future donations that will be made by F.A.C.E. 

The F.A.C.E. Committee, would like to thank the Arboleas Council for it's continued support. It would also like to thank the sponsorsof the event Albox Insurance, the Almería Bowling Centre, 89.8Smooth FM Radio and Maloan's Bar in Albox for their generous donations of prizes and equipment. Lastly but certainly not least of all F.A.C.E. would like to thank their volunteers for assisting, all the market traders who helped to make the night the success it was, and most of all the 450 members of the public who took the time to visit the market on a bitterly cold Winter's Evening. 

F.A.C.E.'s Christmas Market To Be In Giant Marquee. 

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) are to hold their famous Christmas Market for the third year running in a specially erected marquee that will also be used for the XVIII Al-Arbuli Gastronomic Festival. The gigantic marquee will be erected on the car park at the top of Arboleas, in front of the Ayuntamiento.   

The Gastronomical Festival will be held on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November and will include musical performances and traditional food tasting in the marquee, and local restaurants in the Arboleas area will be serving special meals throughout the event. 

F.A.C.E. (the major fundraising organisation in the Almanzora Valley) will be holding their Christmas Market on Friday 1st December, starting at 6-00pm. Once again the main aim of the market is to raise funds for the various organisations that F.A.C.E. supports. These include the A.E.C.C. (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer), A.L.C.E.R. (Asociación para la Lucha Contra Las Enfermedades del Riñon), M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support), The Little Owls, Harmony Community Support and Grupo Scout 106 del Saliente. 

At the market its self there will be in excess of 30 stalls selling everything from cards to candles, Christmas wrapping, jewellery, and perfumes. There will be a special visit from Santa Claus. Mulled Wine (made to a special secret recipe by F.A.C.E. Committee Member Pauline Marshall), and Mince Pies will also be available. 89.8 Smooth FM Radio, led by presenters Jack Savage and Rod Oxley, will be there through out the whole evening, and Carrie's Dusty Boots will be doing a theatrical demonstration of Line Dancing entitled Oliver.

As usual F.A.C.E. needs the support of the generous people who reside in the Almanzora Valley and beyond. F.A.C.E. President Carrie Green said "In the past the F.A.C.E. Market has been tremendously supported by local people and I hope this will continue, not only this year, but for many years to come."    

For further information about F.A.C.E. and the work it undertakes, or if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of fundraisers, please contact F.A.C.E. by using the new permanent telephone number. It is 634 306 727. F.A.C.E can also be contacted through it's new account  @FACECharity www.twittter.com or on it's Web Page at www.face-charity.com and also through its own Facebook Page. 


Incognito Singers Perform For F.A.C.E. 

The Incognito Singers performed two magnificient Autumn Concerts entitled "Songs With Style", at the Teatro Municipal in Zurgena all for the benefit of F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) recently. 

The 27 strong group of mixed voice singers under the musical guidance of David Murphy, performed for well over an hour and twenty minutes, with a short ten minute break, a superb array of musical numbers ranging through light classical numbers, music from musicals and films such as "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma", and modern popular music by Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston, which delighted it's audiences. 

F.A.C.E. provided a bar which served pre show and interval refreshment. There was also a Raffle at each performance.

The only benefactor of the performance was F.A.C.E. as the singers performed free of charge. 

The total amount raised by the two performances was € 1,154-50 including all ticket sales, bar sales and raffle ticket sales.  

For further information on The Incognito Singers please call 629 977 822 or e-mail them at theincognitosingers@gmail.com or take a look at their Web Page at www.theincognitosingers.com  

For further information about F.A.C.E. and the work it undertakes, or if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of fundraisers, please contact F.A.C.E. by using the new permanent telephone number. It is 634 306 727. F.A.C.E can also be contacted through it's new account  @FACECharity www.twittter.com or on it's Web Page at www.face-charity.com and also through its own Facebook Page.

F.A.C.E. Colours Quiz. 

The team from F.A.C.E. ( Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone), recently organised a fabulous quiz night using Colours as the main theme. 

The quiz was held at the Bar Kubatin, which is under the Hostel Meson in Arboleas.  

The quiz master was SmoothFM Radio personality Richard Bond, who just so happens to be a member of the F.A.C.E. Committee. Questions were set by the F.A.C.E. President Carrie Green, who devised a quiz of 90 questions, the anwers to which were all colour related. These included a picture round, a music round and general knowledge catagory. 

Seven Teams of between three and six players entered the event. They were the Honeypops, The Paddys, The Aljambrians, The Big Cats, Actin' Up, Carrie's Dusty Boots and The Peaches. The Winners of the Wooden Spoon were The Peaches. The winning team was The Honeypops, who won €40, but they were kind enough to donate their winnings back to F.A.C.E. Charity. 

In addition to the quiz, there was also a raffle for prizes that had been donated by some of F.A.C.E.'s supporters and sponsors. The charity would also like to thank the sponsors of each individual quiz round on the night. They were Smooth FM Radio, The Angels Nursing Group, Sol Yoga Centre and the Almería Bowling Centre. 

The main aim was of course to raise money for the various charities which F.A.C.E. supports on an ongoing basis. The total raised was €244-50 plus the €40 that the Honeypops had so graciously donated, making a grand total of €284-50.   


F.A.C.E. Announces It's Autumn Programme. 

F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) are pleased to announce their forthcoming fund raising events through the Autumn up until Christmas. 

On Tuesday 19th September at the Bar Kubatin, which is situated underneath the Hostel Meson in Arboleas there will be a Quiz Night. This will start at 7-30pm. The theme on this occasion will be colours. The quiz master will be Smooth Fm Radio presenter Richard Bond. In addition there will also be a raffle. Entry Fee is €2-50 per person for a team of upto six players. For a Registration Form, or to donate a Raffle Prize or for more details please contact F.A.C.E. using temporary telephone number 627 279 584.

On the 28th October at 7-30pm and on the 29th October at 3-00pm at the Zurgena Municipal Theatre, The Incognito Singers under the musical guidance of David Murphy will be performing Autumn concerts for the benefit of F.A.C.E. Tickets will shortly be on sale at C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquia), Girasol (Albox), One Stop Pools (Albox), and at Total Entertainment (in Albox and Arboleas). Tickets will be priced at only €5 each and once again there will be a raffle at each performance, and F.A.C.E. will also be providing a bar for pre-performance and interval refreshments. These performances should be great entertainment and fun for all the family.

This years diaries will be on sale shortly and will cost only €4. They will be available at various outlets or from any of the F.A.C.E. Committee Members. 

The F.A.C.E. Christmas Market will be held on Friday 1st December, probably in a giant marquee in front of the Arboleas Ayuntamiento, although this has yet to be confirmed, It will commence at 6-00pm and during the evening the draw will take place for F.A.C.E.'s Grand Christmas Raffle which will have a first prize of €200. These Raffle tickets will be on sale shortly, priced at €4 for five raffle tickets. F.A.C.E. is still looking for Stall Holders, so if you are interested please contact F.A.C.E. on its temporary telephone number 627 279 584.

F.A.C.E. would like to thank the public for all it's support in the past, and hopes that this will continue in the future.

F.A.C.E. Have A Busy Weekend. 

Despite the fact that it was the hottest night of the year so far and the event clashed with the Noche de San Juan events, more than 140 persons visited the F.A.C.E. ( Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) Summer Night Market, which was held at the Bar Kubatin in Arboleas on Friday 23rd June. 

Stalls were on offer to visitors, selling everything from jewellery to hand crafted painted tiles. M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) and the Arboleas Walk for Life teams were also present, where people were on hand to answer questions about the sterling service both charities provide. Further more there was also a tombola and a raffle operated by F.A.C.E. it's self.

Hungry and thirsty visitors were well catered for by the staff of the Hostel Meson, whilst they enjoyed entertainment provided by Smooth FM's Ray Peters as well as Charlie, the English Singer in Spain, who both performed throughout the entire night. 

The night markets are always popular locally, and as always the main aim was to raise money for the various charities that F.A.C.E. supports. This event was no different with more than €720 being raised. 

Main aim accomplished, it was not all about fundraising. Money was also presented to deserving local causes. Grupo Scout 106 del Saliente, based in Albox, were presented with five tents valued at €500. Karen Revel, the President of Harmony Community Support, based in La Alfoquia, was also presented with €500 and this will assist Harmony in being able to carry out the good work they perform throughout the area. A donation of €1,000 was made to Gaye Lazell, who was representing "The Little Owls". This will be used to purchase further items of equipment and paraphenalia, which will be used by clients that "The Little Owls" Support. Finally F.A.C.E. presented the team from M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) with €1,052-95. This will pay for a complete new set of uniforms for all the volunteers that work in the five M.A.C.S. Charity shops in Albox, Huercal Overa, Mojacar, Los Buganvilleas and Turre and all the uniforms will carry the F.A.C.E. logo. 

On Saturday 24th June, F.A.C.E. were again on the fundraising trail. At Legends Bar on the Poligano Llanos de Arboleas Estate, a charity concert was arranged featuring the fabulous Bella Luna who travelled down from Alicante to perform at this one off event. A fabulous evening was had by one and all and a further €324 was raised.   

At the moment F.A.C.E. is desperately trying to recruit new members for its committee. If you would like to join this dedicated band of volunteers or would like any further information on F.A.C.E. please contact us in the first instance through the F.A.C.E. Webpage at www.face-charity.com or through the F.A.C.E. Facebook Page.

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