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A Bank With A Big Heart

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25 September 2016
I know we have all had our own opinions on banks and bankers especially over this last few crisis years, however, a year ago after a speech I made at a CBBA business meeting (going on about these kids again & the help and support they need) I was approached by a bank manger Sr. Jesus Negrillo representing La Caixa Bank. Jesus was so interested in the Relleu “Self Sufficiency Project” and the idea of growing home grown veggies and sponsoring chickens to help give the mentally challengedyoungsters work and the possibility to create their own funds, he asked me to make a presentation of the project to the bank…
Within ten days the bank invested €2500 towards the project through their community social program and in February of this year invested a further much needed €3000 allowing “Make a Smile” to plant more veggie plants, purchase farm equipment and plant 300 fruit trees. Last Thursday we had the privilege of a working visit from five local managers so they could meet the twenty four youngsters and ten children, who live in the two Relleu homes, and see first hand the project that their investment has helped to create and the future support the project will need. A very big thank you to Jesus and all the La Caixa Team from the children and youngsters, their Carers and all of us at “Make a Smile”.


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