POSITIVELY PINK is a Mijas based charity set up to raise the necessary funds to provide free breast screening programmes for women who live on the Costa del Sol.
Funds however are the perennial problem for Lorraine Palmer of El Oceano Hotel who set up Positively Pink after suffering a fright more than 10 years ago when she thought that she had herself developed breast cancer.
Happily this was not the case but despite the fact that she had private health insurance, it took several weeks to organise the screening and then additional weeks waiting for the results.
The stress that she, her family and others went through just imagining the worst whilst waiting for the results made her vow that she would do all that she could to make life easier for those in a similar situation and that spurred her on to set up Positively Pink.
It is a small charity that can make a big difference but can only help if it has the money to do so and their Gala Dinner which is being held next Thursday (12th October) at El Oceano Hotel is the main fund raiser.
This year their target is to raise more than the previous record of €30,000, all of which is devoted to health checks and support of those who are found to be positive.
Although the service is aimed primarily at the British expatriate community, as long as there are funds available, no-one is turned away but this is only possible if the local community gets behind the charity and donates funds.
The Gala Dinner promises to be a really exciting event this year with music and entertainment as well as a high quality three course meal with wine and soft drinks on offer and there are still a few tickets left at a cost of €120 per person if readers wish to become involved.
A significant proportion of the ticket price goes to the charity, although the hotel needs to cover its costs of all of the food and drink plus the staff
The celebrity guest who will fly in specially (but not from Luton Airport) is actress Lorraine Chase who will be conducting a special auction and the emphasis is on a combination of fun and charitable support.
The programme for the evening will be;
6.45pm/7pm Classical piano on arrival in the Martini Lounge
7.15pm Roberto on Sax during the seating of guests
7.30pmFounder Lorraine Palmers
7.45pm Introduction by Mark Peters ‘Party through the Decades and Break the Record ‘
8pm Shirley Bassey Tribute by Carolynn May on the terrace
8.30pm €10 bank note draw
8.45pm Rat Pack tribute on the terrace
9.30pm Raffle on the terrace
10pm Stelvis Elvis
10.30pm Auction conducted by Lorraine Chase
11.30pm Tina Turner tribute by Janet Lewison
Midnight Party set with Frankie B and Thomas Henry
12.45am Last orders at bar
Announcement of funds raised
1pm Music ends
For more details on the charity and how it has helped thousands of women visit the website at positively-pink.com.
To enquire about ticket availability at El Oceano Beach Hotel, Ctra. de Cádiz A7 (N340), Km 199
Miraflores Playa, 29649 Mijas Costa please call 952 587 550