MABS Supporters and friends celebrated St George’s Day in style at La Vida restaurant in El Pareton. The sun shone and attracted a crowd to enjoy fun, music, fashion show, prize draws and friendship, raising funds for MABS Mazarrón. MABS volunteers modeled clothes from the MABS shop in Totana.
The day started with the arrival of St George and his trusty steed, Soraya, a beautiful grey, which is a rescued horse. Owner, Teresa Hicks, was a little worried about how she would react to crowds, but she was the perfect ambassador and stole the hearts of everyone who met her.
Soraya was abandoned by her owners 8 years ago, left in a livery yard in Lorca with an uncertain future as there was no one to pay for her keep. She was also very lame through neglect and could not be sold as a riding horse either. Teresa said “It is one of the craziest things I have ever done in my life, but I paid off the back livery fees (approx 2,000€), got her papers transferred to my name and took her away.”
For 4 years Soraya suffered abscess after abscess in her front hoof and was on and off lame for the entire time. With careful care and a good farrier she has been sound now for around 4 years and has become a lovely little riding horse, although not an easy ride! She is, however, almost blind in one eye and very nervous of just about everything, but she is so sweet natured that everyone loves her. She is around 20 years old now. “The event at La Vida was her first real public appearance and I am so very proud of her.” remarked owner, Teresa Hicks from the Costa Cálida Chronicle. “She coped with the crowds and gave her hoof to all the kids in exchange for polos.”
MABS Mazarrón raised 503.65€ on the day, with donations still coming in. “We’re so grateful to La Vida and everyone in El Pareton for organising such a wonderful event. This is the first time that Spanish businesses in El Pareton have supported a charity and donated prizes for the raffle and it’s been a huge success.” said MABS Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess. Special thanks should go to:
• Lynn and Andy – La Vida Bar
• John Figg (DJ Johnny F)
• Teresa Hicks, Costa Cálida Chronicle
• Cristobel Electrodomesticos – El Pareton
• Lopez Milan Garage – El Pareton
• Ferreteria – El Pareton
• Sam Mobile hairdresser
• Joan and Bill
• Camposol Laundry Service
• Juanjo y Mari
• Isabel Aivero
• Hazel and Shaun Dog Grooming
• Den Computers for camera work.
• All the helpers at La Vida and from MABS Mazarrón
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