AUGUST NEWSLETTER
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We are currently blessed with having lovely, warm weather and the energy to enjoy it.  Peace reigns again after the busy summer months and life is back to normal. I, for one, so appreciate living in a peaceful area and having less stress in my life. My son, Ben, sent me an article stating that people are happiest at age 58 and most miserable when they are 35. Most 35-year olds are stressed out due to the pressures of having children and a demanding job. I’m sure most of our members can relate to that..... and I’m sure most of the “oldies” like me can sympathise and acknowledge there are some benefits in being “old”!  
 
One of the things I talk about in the PMA workshops is living in the moment – and that applies to us, whatever our age.  The more we can try to do that, the easier life becomes.  The past is over with and we can’t change it, the future is still to come and there is no point in worrying about it, so today and NOW is really what counts. 
 
Tricia Barr (Founder) 622 795 542     tricia@guardian-angels.es
Yesterday is in the past; I turn my total attention to the present moment.   Louise Hay  
Guardian Angels Ball 
Our inaugural fund-raising ball was held in September at the prestigious Republic Restaurant in Denia Marina. It was attended by 90 guests and supporters who enjoyed a 4-course meal with wine, whilst being entertained by the wonderful voice of Rob Sweeney. After dinner, guests danced into the hot night outside on the terrace to the lively music of Strikland. 
  
Four years ago when I started Guardian Angels and we began fund raising, one of my dreams was one day to have a Fund Raising Ball. That dream came true that night and I would like to thank organiser of the event, committee member, Linda Phillips, and all our wonderful helpers and supporters for making it happen.
The evening raised over €1000 and enables us to continue our work of helping single parents and their families, especially with the purchase of school books and funding training courses.
Tricia Barr
 
FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Eastern Delight evening at
Monsoon Thai restaurant, Javea Thursday 6 Nov. 7.30 till late
This promises to be an evening of fun, fantastic food and frolicking in fancy costume! There will be musical entertainment featuring Clair Gingell Parsons and Colin Hulmes and maybe a bit of Thai dancing - who knows what will evolve.....! Contact Ann on 647 844 260 for your tickets.
Coffee, Cake and Mini Gift Fair at Gata Warehouse
Friday 14 Nov.  10 – 3.30 
Maria at Gata Warehouse is very kindly helping us raise funds so please tell all your contacts to come along to support us.  There will be coffee, cake, gifts, crafts etc for sale.
Members are invited to have their own stand (bring your own table) to sell bric-a-brac or gifts, so now is a good time to have that de-clutter you have been planning! If you have a service to offer such as shoulder massage you may be able to book a place.  10% of the takings to be donated to GA.  Contact Tricia at 622 795 542 for further information.
Pick a Date in the Calendar
 3 prizes to be won – 150€,  100€ and 50€ 
You select a date in the calendar for only 5€. The calendar will be available at our events. If you would like to take part, please contact Tricia on 622 795 542 or email tricia@guardian-angels.es 
KEEP IN TOUCH
If you have a computer or access to the internet, you can keep in touch with what is happening in Guardian Angels on a day-to-day basis via our website, which contains lots of useful information and details of our supporters and service providers. It also has a regularly updated Events section with a Calendar showing our forthcoming events and a Photo Gallery of past events. If you would like copies of any of the photos shown, please email vernon@guardian-angels.es
 
If you are a member and use Facebook, you can join our special Facebook group. This is a 'closed' group, for members only, so-called because you can post and comment with confidence, knowing that only those Facebook users approved by Tricia or Vernon can see this page. You can ask to join by selecting the 'join group' option on the page shown in the link above or ask to be added by a 'friend' who is already a group member.
Mind Matters
The most important part of you is your mind (not your brain – the brain is the hardware and your mind creates the software.) Care for your mind, make friends with it, always feed it healthy food, engage it in positive activity, and exercise it with knowledge and wisdom. Like a garden returns fragrance and beauty according to the care invested, so your mind will repay with your thoughts, ideas and visions of great beauty when tended and invested with care.  Your mind is not made of matter but it does matter what you give it and what you create with it.  Where your mind goes, you go.  What your mind creates becomes your destiny.
Positive Mental Attitude Workshops
Next one - Saturday, 1 Nov. at Bar Metro, Calle Blasco Ibanez, Calpe 
Life changing philosophies and techniques were discussed. The aim is to help members change their mindset and emotions in a way that will enhance their lives and those of their children. If you would like to see the glass as half full and get more joy in your life, don’t miss the next one!
(The photo shows members attending the first PMA workshop at Calpe.)
Christmas Party, L’Ancora Tennis Club, Jávea  
Sunday 7 December, 2 – 5
This is always a popular event, free to our members and their children. There will be delicious party food, mulled wine, games, music and Santa Claus is coming along especially with his sack of presents. This is a lovely occasion for our parents and children to mix and have a great time.

If you are a member living in Calpe or further south contact Tricia about getting help with transport.
Guardian Angels needs
help to expand
We are planning to expand our membership and offer our support services over a much wider area - we already have members in the UK and in Kenya. We are therefore looking for a volunteer, preferably with publicity experience and good Spanish, to help our president drive this project forward.

The person's role would be to seek out the places where single parents can be reached (schools and colleges, health and social centres, social media sites, etc.) and newspaper and radio stations in other areas, arranging for the display of posters, press articles, interviews and talks and helping to set up new groups.

President and founder Tricia Barr said, "Guardian Angels is a secular charity set up 4 years ago, dedicated to helping ease the isolation of single parent families with an on-call network of support. Our aim is to offer help in many forms such as mentoring, counselling, legal information, medical help, relaxation treatments, translation and much more. We also try to get lone mums and dads into the right positive mindset through a series of workshops designed to improve their self-esteem, whilst helping to deal with the emotional and mental stress of raising a family single-handed."

If you feel you have the skills and time to help with this interesting role, please email your details to tricia@guardian-angels.es or call Tricia on 62 279 5542.
You can find out more about Guardian Angels on tour website - www.guardian-angels.es
Guardian Angels support lone parents with children living with them. Unfortunately if a single parent marries or has a live in partner they are no longer eligible to be members so should inform us of their change in circumstances.
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