Costa del Sol singers help raise funds for sick children

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THE SUNSET Beach Club in Benalmadena hosted a fantastic evening which raised €11,290.80 for three children’s charities.

Local favourite Ricky Lavazza shared the bill with relative newcomer Nikki Rae and presented a stunning three hour show to the sell-out audience who paid just €10 per person for entry with every cent going to the charities.

So popular was the show that extra tables and chairs encroached onto the dance floor of the Moonlight Club as more and more people turned up to enjoy the concert and to help raise funds for suffering children.

Ricky Lavazza has an incredibly strong voice and a natural charm and he struck up an immediate rapport with the audience, many of whom regularly attend his shows.

Audiences like to hear songs that they recognise and Ricky manages to cover the songbooks of such well known stars as Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and Freddie Mercury without just mimicking then but by injecting his personality into their songs.

When Ricky left the stage for the first time, the room went quiet and then a spotlight picked out Nikki Rae walking through the audience, the spitting image of her heroine Adele and singing so much like the British star, you could have been excused for thinking she was in the room.

Just like Ricky before her, she not only captured the audience with the quality of her performance but also enjoyed chatting about Adele and her admiration for one of the UK’s most successful female singers of all time.

The main point of the evening was to celebrate 30 years of the Sunset Beach Club and to raise funds once again for three incredibly worthwhile children’s charities all of which have a strong Spanish connection.

The management of the Club who have regularly supported the charities with annual events of this type made a very generous undertaking to match whatever funds were raised from the entry tickets and raffle which saw huge numbers of tickets sold.

Credit must go to all of the companies who donated prizes for the raffle but special mention should be made of Steve Day, Managing Director of Oak Land Furniture SL who gave two €500 vouchers to be used to select furniture from his store in San Pedro de Alcantara.

Thanks to the hard work of these two great singers who performed over and above expectation, the staff at the Moonlight Club who kept the canapés coming and the drinks flowing, the ushers who transformed into very impressive dancers towards the end of the night and the light and sound crew who got everything right, the evening was a massive success.

The total raised which was €1,000 more than 2016 meant that each of the three charities, Debra Butterfly Children, Make-A-Wish Spain and Barretstown received a cheque for €3,763.60.

Everyone involved in this fantastic evening should feel pleased and proud of the results.

Debra Butterfly Children Charity was founded in 1993 in order to try to supply relief and possibly a cure for those who suffer from Epidermolysis Bullosa, also known as Butterfly Skin which affects a number of children in Spain (www.pieldemariposa.es).

Make-a-Wish Spain is affiliated to the international charity operating in 50 countries with the aim of making life happier and more of exciting for children suffering from serious illnesses by trying to help make their secret dreams come true (www.makeawishspain.org).

Barretstown, founded by actor Paul Newman is based in Ireland and runs residential camps and programmes for children and their families affected by cancer and other serious illness.

The charity offers a range of adventurous, fun and challenging activities which are supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care and welcomes more than 100 children each year, mainly cancer sufferers, from Spain (www.barretstown.org).

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