Friends of Tenerife

Christmas Newsletter 2017

Dear Friends

Christmas is not only a date, it’s also a state of mind, and I thank each and every one of you who have contributed to our Charity during the last year.

I have said this many times since I became president – it is a great shame that you can’t all be with me when I visit the various homes we support to distribute the money that you have raised.

On Monday 18th December, I escorted Mary Poppins to the Matilde Tellez centre where Carmen, our secretary and official photographer was waiting for us. We had a ball. Here’s Mary with some of the kids.

This year we have worked together with other British associations. Mary is none other than the President of ESTA, Paula Marsay, who also stole the show at the Noche en Blanco in the Plaza del Charco where we were allotted a marquee by the Town Hall to present the work of the Friends.

During the year we have also interacted with the Anglican Church, the English Library and the British Games Club and here’s hoping that the friendship between us continues.

And so I can report that we have had a good year in which we have received record takings from the Car Boot events and were the sole recipients of monies donated from two fund raising parties held by Andrew and Hilary Shaw at their finca in La Orotava. We wish them health and happiness in the New Year; they will be sadly missed.

I would also like to thank the members who have made private donations throughout the year, some of you on a regular basis.

We have also signed up new members and I feel confident that we can attract even more through broadcasting our work further afield. Social media rules!!!!

Our Committee Members work very hard, mainly behind the scenes, and we are studying new projects and researching more opportunities to make money for our charities.

Let me remind you of those charities that we support.

APANATE (a centre for autistic children) Centro Matilde Tellez (a school for children in unfortunate domestic situations)

CREVO (a centre for children with cerebral palsy) Cruz Roja (providers of food and clothing for the homeless) Hermanos Franciscanos de Cruz Blanco ( residential home for men) Hospital Inmaculada (residential nursing home for elderly ladies) Hogar Santa Rita (home for the elderly and Alzheimer’s centre

I will be sending out a letter in the New Year setting out our aims and projects for 2018 which happens to be our 25th anniversary.

A Merry Christmas to us all, God bless us every one.

Ken Fisher.

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