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Marbella digs deep for charity

Some of the fundraisers at the Marbella event.
Some of the fundraisers at the Marbella event. / SUR
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A pre-Christmas Marbella event raised 9,500 euros to help vulnerable street children and orphans in Tanzania, organisers have announced this week.

Over 100 people attended the fundraising evening at La Sala restaurant on Tuesday 18 December.

The money will be donated to the Marbella-based charity Collective Calling, who are building an education centre for street children in the East African country.

Paul Carr, who started Collective Calling with his wife Gemma three years ago, told SUR in English that the event had been "unbelievable".

He said: "That was way more than we thought we would be able to raise. It's been a blessing as La Sala has now chosen us as the charity to benefit from four charity golf tournaments this year.

"It was a really enjoyable evening with an impressive turn out. It was good to see the people of Marbella coming together for a great cause."

The evening saw performers Mr Malph, Simone Lisa and Thomas Henry take to the stage, while an auction, raffle and several generous donations also contributed to the money raised.

The fundraiser was put on by event organisers Marbella with Love, whose co-owner Michael Harding now plans to travel to Tanzania to oversee the start of the project.

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 this summer, but that another 17,500 euros were still needed for its completion.

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

This includes serving food to around 15 people twice a week from their homeless centre in Diana Park, and working with around 25 children in the El Ángel neighbourhood of Marbella, by providing them with packed lunches for school every week.

Collective Calling 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, with translation and to make sandwiches for the children in El Ángel.