Victor Vera is a singer and entertainer in Puerta Vallarta. He is a ton of fun, putting out videos from his living room. He looks like a biker and sings like an angel. He has followers from all over the world!
In between singing songs with his fellow Gecko Band mate, Tony Smurf, his wife Rosy reads out texts from listeners. They are truly an uplifting group, joking, dancing and currently dedicating songs to front line workers and first responders. Last show he was singing tunes by The Beatles, the Hip, Elton John….and even Dr. Hook!
The entertainer is using his talent, humor and big personality to raise funds for various projects. With support from his Mexican and foreign friends, Victor started a small foundation called Hand to Hand Brigade in September, 2015:
“Hand to Hand Brigade was born with the purpose of supporting and helping people who need a helping hand that fills them with hope. My band, THE GECKO BAND, invited several bands from the Vallarta community to participate in a great concert to raise funds to support a friend in her fight against cancer, followed by several more concerts for this same fight.
Hand to Hand Brigade resurfaced in the wake of the earthquake in Mexico in 2017, which affected several cities and towns. The mission of our Brigade, along with some volunteers, were taking care and tracking the help that was donated, and delivering it directly TO THE HANDS of those who needed it. We were also in charge of making sure that the aid was not used for political purposes in order to get benefits from those in need, which is what normally happens when you just drop off the help in collection centers. It happened to us in the beginning. This is why we decided to do it HAND TO HAND all the time.”
Hand to Hand Brigade has been present in Tecuala Nayarit and surrounding villages giving aid after Hurricane Willa. They were also present in the community of Bucerias and Bahía de Banderas, giving help to those in need through the community centers.
To help with the Covid-19 crisis, Victor and his team started a campaign called ‘And Who Cares For Them?’ Here Victor tells us about it:
“We are asking for donations so we can support and take care of our nurses, doctors, bearers, and hospital staff, including cleaning staff, administration staff, ambulance staff, etc. Our government is not offering adequate security measures, so we’ve been buying and delivering mouth covers, N95 masks, gloves, disposable robes, safety glasses, hair caps, anti-bacterial gel, etc. Some things are out of stock everywhere, so it’s very hard to get them, but so far we’ve found everything we need.”
When not entertaining and raising funds for great causes, Victor and Rosy spend a lot of time together with their children. They go to the beach, swim and grocery shop with their children and grandkids. These days, due to Covid-19 and the time the two spend delivering much needed PPE in and out of hospitals, the couple cannot visit their family members like they want to. Their family and friends are what gets them through the tough times. And though they do not attach themselves to a specific religion, they attribute a lot of their happiness to a good relationship with God.
To support Victor Vera, click below. Or just tune into his show and feel good at Gecko Band Vallarta!
Victor and Rosy are grateful to everyone who has supported them, and would especially like to thank:Dr. Celia Loaeza, from the Intensive Care Area of the Social Security Clinic #42, Dr. Adriana Robles from Social Security Clinic #170, Tony “Smurf” (my bass player and Patty his wife), Dr. Ramon Samayoa to the new Medical Specialties Clinic, Juan Carlos Lopez from Roxy Rockhouse, Vanessa Lopez from the Social Security Clinic #170, Dr. Cynthia Zendejas from the Social Security Clinic #170, Nurse Yolanda Padilla from the Social Security Clinic #170, Nurse “Estelita” from the Social Security Clinic #42, Dr. Villarauz from the Social Security Clinic #170, Radiologist Salvador Delgado from the Social Security Clinic #42.