Local athletes have shown that they are not only concerned about improving their results, but they support good causes as well.
Organisers have now confirmed that the charity sports weekend for Sarah Almagro, which took place between 14 and 16 December, raised 14,000 euros for the 'Somos tu ola' association, which is helping the 18-year-old from Marbella. Both Sarah's hands and feet had to be amputated last year after she suffered from sepsis, and her family are trying to raise the money for her prostheses.
The councillor for Sport, Javier Mérida, says the initiative was extremely successful. Around 2,000 people contributed to the cause by buying the wristbands which were on sale to raise money for Sarah.
The event began during the afternoon of 14 December, when stands were set up at all the town's sports centres to sell the wristbands, coinciding with the local football league and different training sessions.
The following day began with a swimming relay organised by the Marbella Triathlon Club, with 200 swimmers taking part in 20 teams.
The sports centre in San Pedro Alcántara hosted a rhythmic gymnastics display by more than 300 girls from the municipal sports schools, while the Carrera del Pavo, organised by the Maté Cycling Academy, brought together 50 cyclists of different ages for a race and a cycling workshop organised by La Vereita Club and Marbella ByCivic.
On Sunday 16 December there was a solidarity multi-sport tournament with 500 participants at the Paco Cantos sports stadium, and disciplines including tennis, frontenis, padel, skating, yoga, belly dancing, crossfit, climbing, Nordic walking, five-a-side football and basketball. The basketball took the unusual from of 'Two ball', in which pairs of players had to win the highest number of points in a limited time.
At the municipal stadium 450 athletes took part in a relay marathon, and at the Antonio Serrano Lima complex 300 people participated in a karate display.
The 'Somos tu ola' campaign was supported not only by sportsmen and women, but also by local businesses, social and cultural associations and authorities.
Business owner Lorenzo González, for example, has promised to cover the cost of Sarah's expenses for several years, which will be about 200,000 euros.