THERE are certain events which take pride of place in people’s calendars in Marbella and this year’s St Nikolaus Ball to be held at the Puente Romano hotel on December 9 is one of them.
Income from the evening which attracts the rich and famous from the Costa del Sol goes to help support the Concordia Anti-Aids Asociacion (ACAS) founded by Princess Marie Louise of Prussia.
The Princess, a long-time resident of Marbella founded the only HIV/AIDS charity on the Costa del Sol in 1994 and has been tirelessly raising funds for the organisation ever since.
The St Nikolaus dinner is a very important way of bringing the never ending problem of the disease to the attention of the public and is graced each year with a letter of support from Princess Marie-Louise’s cousin Queen Sofia.
Funds are used to run a dedicated centre at Calle Carlota Navarrete, 21 in San Pedro de Alcantara which opened in 1997 and professionals assist not just those who have the virus which is now quite manageable with treatment but spend a great deal of time trying to educate young girls and boys who are now most at risk about the dangers of unprotected sex.
This is an occasion where guests can enjoy an incredibly good meal in luxurious surroundings and know that whilst they are having a good time, they are also helping those who are struggling with this illness which happily – thanks to advances in medical science – is no longer a guaranteed death sentence.
Tickets for the dinner can be obtained by calling 952 785 997 or can be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on this valuable organisation and the work it does, please visit www.concordiamarbella.com.