AVOI, the association for volunteers who work in children’s wards in various hospitals across Malaga province, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after more than 100,000 people turned up at 30 ‘verbenas’, or street parties, that took place simultaneously on 3 June.
The 160,000 euros raised at the 30 different events will go towards AVOI’s charity project to build new bone marrow transplant isolation rooms so that they are more welcoming and child-friendly.
The association is hoping that work to construct the new rooms will begin this year, although it is still short of the 300,000 euros required. To reach that target, AVOI is planning more street parties and other charity events.
The ‘verbenas’ on 3 June took place in 30 municipalities, from large towns such as Marbella, Antequera, Cártama, Estepona and Fuengirola to smaller locations such as Almogía, Benaoján, Teba, Valle de Abdalajís and Villanueva de la Concepción, among others.