Dining, singing and dancing to help local charities

TOPS country and western evening raised money for local charities.
TOPS country and western evening raised money for local charities. / SUR
  • Cudeca has been the focus of fundraisers recently with hairdressers and a Chinese restaurant helping the cancer charity

International Club Estepona

A busy month of activities

February was the month for the mayhem of carnival and ICE joined in by wearing the brightest beachwear and garlands and celebrating with a Caribbean carnival supper. The meal was followed by Latin dancing to the Cuban sounds of Teo and his partner. Apart from other regular activities, the association ended the month with a trip to Malaga to visit the Victoria Brewery and do some shopping and sightseeing. They'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day as usual and have the latest ICE Players' production with buffet supper to come. For Easter, a guided tour of San Roque to see the preparations is planned and then in April, it's the Golf Spring Cup and a five-day trip to Madrid on the AVE. For more information on what the ICE club go to: or email: They meet at Bahía Dorada, Estepona on Thursday mornings and welcome visitors.


Ho-down raises money

The TOPS country and western evening in Alhaurín el Grande was a great success. The venue was packed and the audience (having been reminded of the house rules of “no spittin' and no rowdy behaviour”) joined in with the spirit of the show, dancing, clapping, and singing along with the chorus lines. The “Boston Belles” raunchy saloon-girl dance routine was well choreographed and the singers pulled out all the stops, not only with their singing but with their costumes too. The programme was packed with popular songs from John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Charlie Rich, Dolly Parton, Nancy Sinatra, Shania Twain, The Bellamy Brothers, The Eagles, and many others. The proceeds will be donated to the two local charities which TOPS have chosen to support this year.

Cudeca Cancer Hospice

Chinese lunch for charity

A charity lunch organised by Sofía Wu and Linda Donaghy was held at the Hong Kong Restaurant - Jardín Botánico in Mijas Costa to help Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice raising a total of €1,200 on the night. Guests were entertained by John Sharples (one half of Dragtastic) who donated his time for free. Many local businesses donated money and prizes for the raffle. Special thanks were given to Sofia Wu and Linda Donaghy for organising the event.

Age Concern

Fundraising concert

The Good Vibrations Singing Sessions performed a concert this week in aid of Age Concern, Estepona and Manilva at the Huber Plataforma de Arte in Calle San Antonio, Estepona.

The choir, under the direction of Clarice Williams, is newly formed and this was their first public appearnce, impressing audience with the standard they had reached in a short space of time.

The association has sent out thanks to Gabriella for the use of the venue. The choir is a mixed ability, multi-cultural, multi-genre singing group, which meets in Estepona. The emphasis is on learning to sing in a variety of styles and harmonies in a fun environment, expressing oneself through song and connecting to a lyric. The programme included something for everyone: songs from the shows, and top hits were two of the styles on offer and the concert ended with an ABBA singalong.

Age Concern, Estepona and Manilva, has also sent its gratitude to the choir for the support shown. More elderly people are requesting advice and help than ever and the money raised through ticket sales and the raffle will go to support the volunteers working in the field.

Anyone interested in joining Clarice's choir should go to Find Your Voice Vocal Studio on Facebook.

The Age Concern shop in Calle Zaragoza, Estepona, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1.30pm plus the first Saturday in the month. Contact 951318234 regarding the collection of donations for the shop.