A SMALL charity based in La Cala de Mijas raised more than €35,000 in a single night to fund Breast Cancer screening.
Positively Pink which is mainly supported by residents and holiday home owners in La Cala was set up 12 years ago by Lorraine and John Palmer proprietors of El Oceano Hotel after Lorraine had to be checked for cancer herself.
Although it didn’t take too long for the results to show that she was clear, Lorraine remembers how worried she was, imagining the worst and vowed that she would do all that she could to make life easier for women in the Costa del Sol.
Now, with a small group of unpaid volunteers, she manages the charity and over the years thousands of women have been checked and whenever the news is bad, there is always someone from the charity on hand to give advice of simply listen.
Funding is the biggest problem as each screening has to be paid for which is why the Pink Ball is so important and this year, more money than ever was raised, breaking the previous record by €5,000.
Many guests reserve their tables a year in advance and either donate fantastic gifts or bid in the charity auction which this year was conducted by former model turned actress, the delightful Lorraine Chase who flew over to the Costa especially for this event.
With superb food, great entertainment and a few glasses of wine, the enthusiastic guests dug deep into their pockets to raise funds for this great cause.
One regular attendee, Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers known for his outspoken fight against Brexit donated a number of items for sale but as he was unable to obtain a flight to allow him to take part in the evening, generously donated a further €5,000 helping the Pink Ball to break its previous record.
For more details on the charity and what it does visit http://positively-pink.com.