THE RED CROSS Estepona have been gifted a new vehicle.
The van will be used to transport people with reduced mobility after it was given to the charity by Estepona Council and La Caixa bank’s Obra Social fund.
The town’s Mayor, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano was on hand to deliver the vehicle to the Red Cross, taking time to thank La Caixa for helping the council raise €20,000 for the van. The remaining amount was given by the Red Cross Malaga and the local association.
Earlier this year, The Mijas Disability Association (ADIMI) was given a €15,000 seven-seater van by the IPV Palace Hotel to transport children to the charity’s new care centre.
The handover event was attended by the Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, as well as the Councillor for Social Services, Mari Carmen Carmona.
Mayor Maldonado explained, “we, and all the people of Mijas, must thank the hotel’s owner for his commitment to our community. These children will now be able to attend their therapy without transportation being a problem for their families. Without this fantastic donation, many of them would not be able to get to the care centre to get involved in these activities.”
The good deed went ahead after the owner of the IPV Palace, Ignacio Perez, contacted the council explaining he wanted to give something back to the community. After several meetings with the Mayor and Ms Carmona, ADIMI was chosen to receive a donation. Mr Perez commented, “there is nothing better than helping those who need it and it is a pleasure to be able to contribute something to such a great cause.” He added, “seeing them receiving their van today gives us a sense of happiness you cannot put a price on.”
Ms Carmona stressed added, “this van will provide an enormous help to parents, who, for economic reasons, could not cope with taking their children to the care centre, and had to give up their therapy.”
The van is able to be adapted to carry wheelchairs, and the president of ADIMI, Cristobal Moreno, has explained the charity will do this, saying, “we are going to carry out this upgrade so we can easily transport those with reduced mobility and we will also add more routes and collections points so we can include all our users.”