Dining for a good cause

Age Concern summer concert.
Age Concern summer concert. / SUR
  • Age Concern and the Asociación Gatos de Manilva both benefited from recent fundraising events

Age Concern

Summer charity concert

The Age Concern Summer Concert was held last Saturday at the Restaurante Valparaíso in Mijas. Nearly 250 people attended the annual event at which the Jersey Boys supplied the entertainment. The guests enjoyed a three-course meal and the event raised 2,500 euros for the charity which helps to fight the loneliness and isolation felt by older people.

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Asociación Gatos de Manilva

Furry fundraiser

A charity fundraiser at a popular expat restaurant raised almost 4,000 euros for a cat charity in Manilva last Monday, Ash Bolton reports.

Some 150 guests helped raise the funds for the Asociación Gatos de Manilva (AGDM) during the event at the Roman Oasis restaurant in Sabinillas.

The restaurant shut down last summer after 36 years but reopened for two charity events this month.

Englishman Paul Hickling, 74, who opened the restaurant in 1983 after visiting the Roman baths in Sabinillas, told SUR in English:

"It was the very last night of the Roman Oasis restaurant and it went out with a bang! A fitting way to end 37 years of its life and we are very proud to have raised so much money for charity."

Amanda Kiff, President of the AGDM, said: "We are overwhelmed beyond belief at the incredible generosity of the local business owners and the gifts donated. The amazing guests last night were extremely generous."

The AGDM helps to look after the street cats of Manilva and the money raised will help feed and care for the local cats that are rescued.

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Friends Of the Theatre Association

Social and fundraising events

FOTA are back for a new season of events at the Salon Varietés in Fuengirola. They will be manning their desk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Membership renewals are due now and they would welcome any new members. Membership is 10 euros per year. The aim of the association is to raise funds to help keep the theatre open and to run social and fundraising events such as the Charity Cake Baking on 27 September. Last year, this same event raised 1,000 euros for Cudeca in two hours.