Dedicated volunteers initiate alternative fundraising idea to help palliative care charity

  • Proceeds from a recipe book containing dishes submitted by people in lockdown all over the world will be donated to the Asociación Girasol

Many local charities have experienced problems raising sufficient funds to stay afloat during the current state of alarm, so alternative measures are now being sought. The Antequera-based Asociación Girasol, a palliative care charity dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life of patients with advanced, incurable illnesses, is one such organisation.

Searching for alternative ways to raise money, dedicated volunteers hit upon a scheme to help boost the charity's funds and to enable it to continue helping those most in need. The association invited its supporters and members to submit recipes to be included in a special cookery book. Participants were asked for a small donation when submitting their favourite recipe, and the organisation has now published an e-book featuring 80 of their dishes.

The book includes recipes for starters, mains, desserts and cakes that were submitted from all over the world.

The volunteers have decided to dedicate the book to all whose lives have been affected by Covid-19. "We spread the word via our volunteers, supporters, friends, families and Facebook, asking them to invite anyone they know to send us their favourite recipes along with a minimum donation of three euros. We received recipes from people in lockdown from as far as India, Austria, Kenya, Spain and the UK. It took three weeks to produce," volunteer Hilda Hammond explained to SUR in English.

The book costs nine euros and is available online (click here). All proceeds will go to the charity.