THE Third United Nationalities of Marbella Summit organised by TV and radio presenter Nicole King was held at Velvet Marbella last Tuesday.
There was an impressive turn out with a number of different expatriates resident or working in the 27- kilometre stretch that is Marbella can do to help each other to make the area a better place.
Helped by Fiona Catchpowle, Nicole King reported on the success of the ongoing ZeroHero campaign which is now supported by the Road Traffic Safety Foundation Linea Directa whereby various bars and restaurants around the city will not charge ‘designated drivers’ for soft drinks provided that it is clear they have taken no alcohol.
Linea Directa will be providing personal breathalyser kits which can be used not only whilst customers are about to go to their cars but can help them check their alcohol level the following day when so many people don’t realise that they may be breaking the Spanish limit.
Happily a number of well-known restaurants and bars within the area have confirmed that they will join in and we at RTN newspaper will publish details of those involved in the campaign on a regular basis.
At previous summits there was a general feeling that there is simply not enough entertainment for young expatriates who could be tempted to spend time together, drinking and possibly being lured into taking drugs.
Again a number of eateries and some nightclubs have indicated that they may be prepared to allow youngsters into their premises for special alcohol free themed events with discounted prices off season and when this is formalised, RTN will also publish details of these special events.
A number of different charities were invited to give details of their services in the local area and these included the recently formed Age Concern Marbella, Concordia Aids Charity, Debra Butterfly Children, Malaga Orphanage and Triple A Animal Charity. Charmaine Arbouin the British Consul in Malaga made her first visit to a UNM Summit and together with journalist and web developer Neil Hesketh gave details of the recently constructed Support in Spain website which is aimed at expatriates and their Spanish neighbours who need help and advice of all types.
Also attending was the head of the Foreigners Department of Marbella Council Oti G Diaz-Ambrona, who announced that there would be a special opening of a 200-square-metre new office in the Exhibition centre at 6pm on Thursday May 17.
Another welcome speaker was Aki Meehan, founder of the very popular Costa Women website.