“The people of Malaga have charity in their DNA,” said Alejandro Martín, director of the Marcelino Champagnat Foundation, one of the beneficiaries of the Soles de Málaga charity event held across the city on Saturday.
More than 80,000 people proved him right, enjoying entertainment and activities across the city, centred around El Pimpi bodega, whose foundation organised the event, close to the Alcazaba.
Thousands were drawn to events in this central location, but the activity wasn't just limited to the city centre: across eleven districts of Malaga various events were planned, including concerts from a number of former TV talent show singers.
The aim of the day was to raise awareness and funds for eleven organisations across the city, including charities which look after those affected by cancer, Aids, domestic violence, mental health issues, among others.
President of the Foundation and co-owner of El Pimpi, José Cobos, said: “It was always my hope that we would get a lot of people involved but I never thought that the people of Malaga would support us so overwhelmingly.”
Further proof of this support, added El Pimpi managing director, Elena Cobos, was the collaboration of more than 300 organisations who “without having to knock on their doors” wanted to “do their bit”.