SANDRO MORELLI opens his restaurant Villa Tiberio in Marbella once a year to raise money for Children with Cancer UK and this year collected nearly €45,000.
This isn’t the only charity he supports but over 10 years he and a dedicated group of people who care have raised more than €400,000 for this cause alone.
Most parents expect to die before their children, but cancer doesn’t take any notice of age, religion or position and strikes wherever and whenever it wants so anything that can be done to alleviate the situation for those who are just starting out in life has to be laudable.
It was mainly British expatriates who made sure that this was a complete sell out and they enjoyed a great evening of music and dining whilst putting their hands in their pockets to ensure that the money flowed.
From the cost of each meal, which was certainly of high standard, with no shortage of wine, €25 was donated to the charity and this was matched by the generosity of diners who bid for items in the auction and also a raffle.
Local resident Sir Michael Smurfit was unable to attend as he was out of the country but did make a substantial donation to this worthy cause and many fine local entertainers as well as Master of Ceremonies Steve Cline gave up their time to support the evening.
An unexpected guest was a very convincing who Donald Trump appeared on stage to chat with the audience about his world and what he knew of Marbella.
In fairness, it wasn’t the real Donald but impressionist Lewis MacLeod, the new voice of Postman Pat and Sebulba from Star Wars The Phantom Menace who flew over especially to help raise funds for the charity.
Accompanying him was Producer and Financier Ed Crozier, President of the Scottish Rugby Union and one or two other faces, known for their charitable support were recognised in the audience but every person there should be proud that they helped to raise funds to make life a little better for children in need.
Thanks are due to Sandro and his cheerful staff, all of the fabulous singers as well as Caroline Randerson, Barbara Fernando and their team of lady volunteers for all the work that they put in to make this yet another memorable night at Villa Tiberio.