Local charity Help at Home Costa Blanca (HAHCB) has donated a staggering €31,000 making up the total needed for the Cruz Roja to buy an ambulance to be used across the Vega Baja. The fundraising was undertaken in memory of well-known and much-loved charity volunteer Kathleen Vahey who lived in Orihuela Costa passed away a few years ago.
The cheque presentation took place at the Emerald Isle, La Florida, where HAHCB holds its weekly charity market. Many of the charity’s volunteers were present as was President Carmen Perez, Charity Secretary Patricia Muirhead and Charity Fundraiser Silvia Sakir. The Cruz Roja was represented by Andres Ramon Alonso, President of Cruz Roja Orihuela and Antonio Navarro, President for the Alicante Region.
The original campaign aimed to raise funds for a disability van, however, as HHCB neared the final amount it became clear that a disability van was not really what the community needed and also that running the van would be a drain on the charity’s resources. So, the charity met with the Red Cross and discussed it needs. When the organisation said what would really make a difference was a new ambulance – they only last 10 years and the Cruz Roja vehicle has had its day – the volunteers threw themselves into even more fundraising. In total, the vehicle would cost around €60,000 but the Cruz Roja would also raise money towards this very worthy cause. The ambulance will have the HAHCB logo and ‘in memory of Kathleen Vahey´ as part of its livery.
It took two years for the charity and its volunteers to raise the €31,000, and it was done through many different fundraising events and initiatives. These included: weekly markets at the Emerald Isle, fashion shows, Christmas markets and dinner dances with the Campo Verde Reef band. In 2017 HAHCB was named as the nominated charity at the Cabo Roig St Patrick’s Day Parade, Villamartin Plaza also held a fundraising event for the campaign and there has been continuous support from local groups such as the Red Hat ladies, The Rendezvous girls, and many other generous private and group donations.