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Thirty municipalities unite to raise funds for new isolation rooms

The president of AVOI was part of the party that presented the ‘Verbenavoi’ project.
The president of AVOI was part of the party that presented the ‘Verbenavoi’ project. / Virginia Jiménez
  • ‘Verbenas’, or street parties, will be held to raise funds for the rebuilding of children’s isolation rooms at the Materno Infantil Hospital

Thirty municipalities in Malaga province have agreed to raise funds for new bone marrow transplant isolation rooms for children at the Materno Infantil Hospital by hosting ‘verbenas’ (street parties) on Saturday 3 June.

The street parties have been organised by AVOI, the association of volunteers who work in the children’s wards at the hospital, as part of the ‘Verbenavoi’ project.

The charity project is being sponsored by the Fundación Unicaja, which will also contribute funds to rebuilding the isolation rooms.

The association is also collaborating with the bedroom furniture shop Mi Colchón and the Málaga CF foundation for the events which they hope will raise at least 200,000 euros altogether.

All the money raised will go towards rebuilding the isolation rooms in in the children’s Oncology wards.

The association wants to make the rooms more welcoming and child-friendly for the children, who have to be admitted three weeks before the bone marrow transplants are due to take place, Juan Carmona, the president of the association, stated.

Tickets for the street parties include food, drinks, charity bracelets and the chance to participate in the draw to win a Mediterranean cruise for two people .

The association is also hoping to receive individual donations, which can be made to the Unicaja bank account ES33 2103 0239 91 0030008477.

Carmona also stated at the presentation of the project that part of the events are dedicated to children, with magic acts, bouncy castles, facepainting and balloons all planned.

The thirty municipalities taking part include the likes of Marbella, Estepona, Mijas and Torremolinos, while several towns have also organised special shuttle bus services to the nearest street party.

Carmona also took the opportunity at the project’s launch to promote and raise awareness of the importance of bone marrow donations, stating that “we have a moral duty to continue the legacy of Pablo Ráez”, the 20-year-old who passed away in February this year after a two-year battle with leukemia and who was followed by many social media users during his fight.