P.E.P.A. EVENTS 2012
Updated 17th May 2012
Bay Radio 5km Charity Walk on Sunday May 6th
When I realised I would miss the I was so disappointed and I must admit, I was worried about getting any support with it being so close to the May Fayre in Barx.
But, needless to say, I worried unnecessarily; this is, after all P.E.P.A. we are talking about here! Once again our supporters rose to the challenge and raised lots of money for both P.E.P.A. and S.C.A.N.
Everyone it seems got into the spirit of the event, with Donald Duck as Mayor of El Verger and Lion King as his friend, or was it the other way around, leading all 66 walkers from both charities as they set off on their 5km walk around the village. Local support was good and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day, with everyone enjoying the live entertainment, refreshments, and market stalls.
Our P.E.P.A. puppies Jack and Sasha got lots of attention yet again! T
hese adorable little dogs received plenty of admiring glances and loving pats from the public. They had great fun meeting the other dogs and mixing with so many people! But remember, as lovely as they are, they need a forever home. Can you give them this ?
Both charities held their own fund raising competitions on the day. Thanks go to Brenda and Trevor, who ran a Guess the Name of the Dog competition with the prize of a week’s board at Casa Antigua kindly donated by Mel and Sue, which raised 31€ for P.E.P.A. The sponsorship onies I know of at the moment are Georgina Elliot and Janet and Brian Carpenter who between them have managed to raise just over €400! Wow ! That’s wonderful! , Well done all of you! The latest total figure as at 13th May reached €3752.14. Of this, €2298.14 goes to SCAN with P.E.P.A. receiving €1095.45 and CARIITAS, €296.55. And the last I heard, there is more to come, so we will keep you posted.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in or attended the day’s events and helped make it the success it so obviously was. I am looking forward to the next one and it was great to work with S.C.A.N. and meet up with like minded people, whose aims are after all just the same as ours at P.E.P.A. ....... all we want at the end of the day is to help animals in distress and what better way of doing that, than by raising much needed funds and enjoying ourselves whilst doing it. ! Jaine
May Fayre at Barx - Sat 28th April
Mrs Lady bug, Two pirates, and a Mini Hurricane! Sounds like the P.E.P.A. May Fayre at Barx ! Nothing would stop us and nothing did, except unfortunately, the mini hurricane! But not until nearly a 1,000e had been raised!
The unique atmosphere created by a community coming together to raise money for abandoned animals made Saturday April 28th a very special day indeed. It was definitely a first to see a local Spanish dignitary being greeted by the beautiful Mrs Ladybug with a song. No translation was needed; the Mayoress’s smile said it all. Cutlass wielding Pirates ran amok through the crowds screaming and shouting for their likely victims. Exciting displays from The Costa Blanca Flamingo Cheerleaders drew lots of applause as the girls aged from 7yrs upwards energetically twirled themselves and brightly coloured pom poms around. Whilst the U3A Line Dancers, who despite being that little bit older, performed with equal enthusiasm and energy, as they danced their way through slick and polished routines.
It was wonderful to see the many P.E.P.A. rescue dogs parading, sporting bright red neckerchiefs, looking well groomed, cared for and happy. Judges picked the winners who were presented with prizes and rosettes, but it didn’t really matter if they won or not, as they were all success stories.
Seriously delicious hog roast, Pimms and scrumptious cup cakes were the order of the day. On the stage ‘Encore’ presented a very smooth set to start the live music. Whilst the fabulous 3 piece band ‘FREEWAY’ waited patiently in the wings. But.....as the sky blackened and the wind whipped over the mountain forcing the stall holders to cling to their flying gazebos, we realised that this fabulous day had come to an abrupt end.
It was a real shame that we didn’t get to hear FREEWAY, we will make up for that in the future! What we did get to have, however, was to the most wonderful family day out. Best of all we found homes for some of our dogs and we raised lots of money. Nothing it seems can rain on P.E.P.A.s Parade after all!
Photos by courtesy of: Kirstin Dale Photographer & Graphic Designer www.kirstin-dale.com 607287491
DOG Competitions at the May Fayre.
Well, the dog competitions at the May Fayre was a bit hectic and very informal - but good fun. It was great to see all the dogs and puppies get on so well together!!
Special thanks to Babs who raised 28€ on the "Guess the number of biscuits in the Jar" competition" and to our younger supporters:
Liv and Lewis who looked after Chips and Jack and Alana who helped look after Jackson and Nelson and sweet little Suzie.
And the winners of each competition were:
The dog with the waggiest tail:
1st: Lenna (owners: Brenda and Colin Thompson)
2nd: Bryher (owner: Judith)
3rd: Little Chico (PEPA dog, fostered Jeanette and Billy allentyne)
The best doggie Party Trick 1st:
1st Lenna (owners: Brenda and Colin Thompson)
2nd: Dewy (owner: Sandy)
3rd: Jack (PEPA pup, fostered by Pat Taylor)
The Dog the Judges would most want to take home:
1st: Chips (PEPA pup, cared for by Julia Hooper)
2nd: Wolfie (owner: Darach)
3rd: Archie (owner: Edward)
The Best Rescue Story:
1st: Blacky (owner:Duli)
2nd: Jack (PEPA pup, fostered by Pat Taylor)
3rd: Lulu (PEPA dog, fostered by Georgina)
Winner of the guess the number of biscuits in the jar: Patsy (Quantity: 208). Patsy kindly donated the jar of biscuits to Jeanette and Billy's numerous foster dogs.
Valentine's Lunch - Restaurant La Visteta , Barx.
When it was suggested, we have a Valentine’s event for P.E.P.A. I was a little unsure. Would all we oldies who loved our dogs so much really have any interest in an event for lovers of human beings? Too right we would!!! Over eighty three lovers of humans, dogs, cats, good food, good entertainment and good company turned out in force to support P.E.P.A. at the Restaurant La Visteta , Barx. The sun shone and the guests were treated to fabulous views from the restaurant across the valley to the sea. However, it was not just the area that looked good as we had some pretty well turned out ladies and gents attending this special Valentines Day Event.
Leo the restaurant owner had done us proud by giving us full use of his ample restaurant and laying the tables out in such a way that we would all be able to see the entertainment that was to come. He employed (following direct instructions from my teenage daughter) a hunky waiter (although he did draw the line at bow tie, boxer shorts and nothing else as the dress code - ah well, dream on ladies) to serve everyone with Bucks Fizz on arrival. There was a superb Tombola table manned by Brenda, Trevor and Barbara just inside of the entrance. With over 60 prizes this table proved very popular with everyone and a grand total of 270€ was taken in just under an hour. All the prizes had been very kindly donated to P.E.P.A. and heartfelt thanks go out to all the people who so readily parted with such good items for the animals’ benefit.
Pat Taylor very kindly manned the P.E.P.A. information stand and was able to hand out a lot of very useful information to all the newcomers of whom there were quite a few that day. In addition, as there were so many new supporters of P.E.P.A. in attendance, it was a great opportunity to stress the desperate need we have for more Foster Carers so hopefully some seeds have been sown and we will be able to reap the rewards in the not too distant future. We collected a lot of new names and contact numbers from the draw for a meal for two at La Visteta,so kindly donated by Leo, and which was won by a member of Geof Cherrys’ table from La Drova.
Staggering under the weight of our many Tombola prizes, we managed to get to our seats, check our table plans and settle down for what we hoped would be an afternoon, of good food, exciting entertainment and good company. This, I hope, is exactly what we got. Leo and his staff, it has to be said, worked very hard, to ensure everyone received just what they had ordered and that they received it on time and on hot plates. Everyone seemed to be happy with his or her choice of meals and I for one certainly noticed that there were many empty plates after each course.
After coffee, we were entertained by Carmen and Tony. Now, some of the P.E.P.A. members from the La Font area may have known of Carmen (Karen) as she lives near the village and is a regular supporter of the shop there, but, none of them would have had any inkling of the passion and skill that lady possesses. Along with Tony her partner in life and in work, they entertained us with a wonderful set in which they sang, played guitar and danced with a passion and love, that only true lovers of traditional Spanish Flamenco dancing and music could do. Then lo and behold, shock and amazement, little did we know, but we had been infiltrated! Disguised as normal wives and members of P.E.P.A., two of the ladies suddenly left their seats and headed for the dance floor, a fact which could have initially caused much concern to their partners and friends due to the potency of Leo’s house wine! But any concerns were quickly dispelled as they proceeded to join the act and performed alongside Carmen with a flair and confidence that enthralled everyone. They were actually members of Carmen’s dance class and had managed to keep this a secret for a whole month. No wonder they danced with such vigour, it must have been such a relief to finally be able to let it all out. Judging by the skill these ladies displayed on the dance floor, Carmen’s Flamenco Dance classes in La Font are a must for anyone wishing to learn to dance in this traditional Spanish way.
What a good time we all had! There are so many people who contributed to make this the wonderful day it was, but, not least thanks should go to Leo who opened his restaurant to us all despite the fact that his little daughter was having an operation the following day. However, proving yet again how generous all P.E.P.A. members and friends are, a collection was made and presented to him, as a little gift for her. Thank you to everyone from La Drova who attended, you really did us proud. Thank you to everyone who travelled from further afield, we had people from Javea, Denia, Xativa and of course P.E.P.A.’s Alberic supporters, who work so hard for P.E.P.A. by holding monthly coffee mornings and fund raisers, but especially Michael and Audrey who spent an hour before everyone arrived blowing up balloons for me. Thank you so much. Thank you to all the guests who came along to see what we are all about, and thank you to the ones who came as singles on this Valentine’s Day celebration. It was a day to celebrate love and we certainly did that. With a grand total of 485€, there will be many animals now who will be reaping the rewards from our enjoyment. Thank you everyone.