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Having a heart in Marbella

Charity founder Paul Carr with his wife Gemma.
Charity founder Paul Carr with his wife Gemma. / SUR
  • Thousands of euros were raised for the charity Collective Calling at a live music evening

A Marbella fundraising event has raised 3,156 euros in aid of vulnerable street children and orphans in Tanzania. Over 200 people attended the "Marbella with Love" evening at KAH restaurant on Friday 16 November.

Organised by the Marbella based charity Collective Calling, the funds will help build an education centre for street children in the East African country.

Paul Carr, who started the charity with his wife Gemma three years ago, told SUR in English that the event was a "huge success."

"We were really pleased with the turn out. There's a lot of people who do good here so we want to use this monthly musical event to highlight the heart that Marbella has, and that it's not just glitz and glamour," said Paul.

Paul, 35, who is originally from Leicester in the UK, and has lived in Marbella for 14 years, explained that the charity hopes to have the centre in Kasulu village completed by June next year, but that another 27,000 euros were still needed for its completion.

Local acts including singer Mr Maph, LaMaya on the electric violin, Dario on the Saxophone and dancer Sophie, helped entertain the crowds while an auction and raffle also helped raise funds.

Paul added that the Spanish Registered non-governmental organisation also helps local homeless people and underprivileged children in and around Marbella.

He said: "We are currently serving food to around 15 people twice a week from our homeless centre in Diana Park, who are living on the streets in tents.

"We also work with around 25 children in the El Ángel neighbourhood, by providing them with packed lunches for school every week."

Collective Caring currently has between 40-50 volunteers in Marbella, but are looking for more helpers. Paul added that they currently need help in the homeless centre, translation and to make sandwiches for the children in El Ángel.

The next fundraiser is set to be held at La Sala in Puerto Banús on Tuesday the 18th of December.

For more information on the charity visit http://collectivecalling.org or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CollectiveCalling