Three Kings cel­e­bra­tion at Per Ells day care cen­tre in Turis

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SOCIAL SCENE -

In early Jan­uary, most Span­ish chil­dren look for­ward to the ar­rival of the Three Kings (in Span­ish they are known as Los Reyes Ma­gos) who are far more im­por­tant than Fa­ther Christ­mas, as these are the gift bringers that the chil­dren most want to see. None look for­ward more eagerly than the chil­dren of the Per Ells day care cen­tre in Turis.

For­tu­nately for them, this event has been spon­sored by the lo­cal Freema­son’s White River Lodge for the past nine years. Each year Ma­sons dress up as Mel­chior, Gas­par and Balthasar and make the jour­ney to the day care cen­tre to give the chil­dren a treat.

The cen­tre cur­rently caters for around 20 se­verely dis­abled chil­dren who are able to at­tend, usu­ally on a daily ba­sis; this al­lows them to meet with other chil­dren and also gives their par­ents a short respite from their chil­dren's con­stant care needs.

As is often the case, the cen­tre re­ceives al­most no money from the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and re­lies al­most en­tirely on vol­un­teers and char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions. Over the past nine years the Freema­sons have done a great deal to make the chil­dren's lives a lit­tle eas­ier both by mak­ing do­na­tions and giv­ing up their time to help when­ever pos­si­ble. The cen­tre also has a nearby gar­den cen­tre which has been adapted so that up to ten chil­dren can visit and stay overnight or even, in some cases, for a week­end which gives them a much needed break from their daily rou­tine. Orig­i­nally this build­ing was un­able to be used as there was no elec­tric­ity to pro­vide power, light and heat­ing. How­ever, a gen­er­a­tor was sourced and the lo­cal Ma­sons sup­plied, and had in­stalled, all of the elec­tri­cal cabling nec­es­sary to turn this pre­vi­ously un­used build­ing into a use­ful ex­tra fa­cil­ity.

On Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, over 50 par­ents and guests ar­rived to join in the fun and the chil­dren were very ex­cited. They be­came even more ex­cited as the Three Kings ar­rived and filed into the as­sem­bly hall ready to greet them. The Three Kings took their places at the front and one by one the chil­dren came up to meet them to be given a small gift, some sweets and often a big hug as well. It was both hum­bling and mo­ti­vat­ing to see how these chil­dren re­acted and it is ob­vi­ous that they are very well looked after and loved by the car­ers at the cen­tre, many of whom are the par­ents of the dis­abled chil­dren.

The cen­tre was orig­i­nally built and do­nated by a for­mer owner of the Va­len­cian Foot­ball Club and is now a much used fea­ture in the town of Turis. The Ma­sons of the White River Lodge have done a fan­tas­tic job in con­tin­u­ing that tra­di­tion and the chil­dren’s lives are a lit­tle bet­ter for it. We were again joined on our visit by Ms Jackie Moore who kindly acted as both li­ai­son and trans­la­tor and we are very grate­ful to her for giv­ing up her time to help us.

If you wish to help Per Ells they are al­ways grate­ful for any do­na­tion and you may feel free to ap­proach them di­rectly.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Freema­sonry, please con­tact me on the email ad­dress given be­low. [email protected]­va­len­ WBro Wil­liam G Tur­ney Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer

Provin­cial Grand Lodge of Va­len­cia

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