The International Rotary Club in Mijas offered some joy to the local homeless community at the start of the New Year, after raising over 1,600 euros at charity events staged over the Christmas period. With this money, and the generous donations of several local businesses and associations, the Rotary Club were able to provide 40 homeless people with a hamper that included food, toiletries, winter clothes and sleeping bags to help keep them warm during the cold winter nights.
This is the associations first charity project of 2019, and, as Rotary representative, Anita Noordzij, told SUR in English, it will continue to offer assistance to the homeless in Mijas until alternative solutions can be found.
"We would prefer that this was not necessary, but we are here to help and will continue to do so while the need is still there," Anita said.
The Rotary Club Mijas has been involved with several fundraising schemes, including a project led by local artist, Eduardo Baquerizo, to raise money for the Hogar Betania homeless centre in La Línea.
Homelessness is becoming an increasing problem among the expatriate community on the coast, especially in areas like Mijas, where the number of homeless people in the area is said to have doubled in recent months.
"With this money we were able to help many people who sleep in the streets all year round, and it is particularly necessary to offer help during the cold winter months," explained George Lumbey, president of the Mijas Rotary Club.