At a packed meeting of the Royal British Legion Mollina branch on Tuesday members and friends raised over €1000 to kick start the 2018 Poppy Appeal.
Organiser and branch secretary Barbara Punshon explained that the branch had moved its annual Christmas draw into January.
Some 41 prizes had been donated in total and ticket sales, plus funds raised from the lunch provided and a football card after the draw, took the grand total up to €1200.
Poppy Appeal Organiser Lesley Taylor said, “This is a fantastic start to this year's appeal and sets the branch a challenge for the rest of the year.”
The Mollina branch meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at La Vina at 11am.
Inmaculada Concepción church
Burns Night dinner
Members of the Inmaculada Concepción church in Arroyo de la Miel celebrated a special Burns Night dinner at the Casa Eduardo in Benalmádena Costa on Monday.
The event was organised by Father Gerald Daly, who also holds mass in English in the church every Sunday.
More than 60 people tucked into a traditional Scottish feast, which began with the piping in of the haggis, while enjoying a poetry recital and traditional Celtic music.
A fundraising draw was held in support of Cáritas, the organisation dedicated to helping underprivileged families.
La Cala Lions Club
Funds for children
The La Cala de Mijas Lions President Julie Barry recently presented María Dolores Espinosa and Fátima González Fernández from the Ciudad de Los Niños children's home with a cheque for 500 euros.
With this money help will be given to the children who live in or attend the school.
The Lions next event to raise funds is on 27 January in the Legends Cabaret Bar in La Cala de Mijas at 9pm.
Call 677059061 for more details.