Charity event by Manacare Foundation in Marbella

Manacare FoundationA Fund Raising Garden Fete and a Gala Evening Dinner is planned at the El Paraiso Country Club on Sunday the 5th of September in aid of the Manacare Foundation. You are invited to come and see what your donations have achieved.

The Daytime Garden Fete consisting of Stalls selling a variety of items will be open from 12.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Lunch may be purchased at the Country Club and there will be lots of fun and entertainment … Price of Stall 30€ – total proceeds to Manacare Foundation.

The evening Dinner will be at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. and will consist of a Cava & Canapé Reception, 3 course Dinner and free-flowing wine at the all inclusive price of 50 euro’s p.p. (10€ pp going to Manacare).

Steven Kline will be coming over from Holland to sing the Manacare song: “For the Children” & many well known people & local celebrities and will be attending. There will be an Auction in the evening – items for which have been donated by local businesses + Vouchers for Dining at local Restaurants – El Paraiso Country Club included.

The Manacare Foundation aims to provide the worst hit areas of Tsunami with Educational Facilities, Medical Facilities, Vocational Training, Individual Therapy Programmes, Counselling, Care for the very young, and a range of competitive Sports Training schemes.

Reservations: El Paraiso Country Club Restaurant & Bar – Telephone +34 952 88 37 99 or email:

Nearly six years ago, early on Boxing Day morning, over 1,500 people were crammed into eight rust-coloured carriages pulled by Sri Lankan Railway Engine no 59. Engine 59 also known as Samudradevi – which ironically means Queen of the Seas!!!

The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami destroyed two-thirds of Sri Lanka’s coastline, ravaged with waves going inland by as much as 5 kms, killing more than 30,000 people in one day.

Just after Samudradevi left Colombo, at 7.00 a.m., the earth had groaned in the Indian Ocean, somewhere off Sumatra. The India and Burma tectonic plates crashed and 1200 km of the plate boundary slipped, resulting in an earthquake that, at 9 on the Richter scale, was the fourth largest in the world since 1900. The quake’s power was so strong that the earth was momentarily shaken from its axis.

Within a few weeks, Sandro Morelli held a Birthday party in Marbella and Maurice Bolan organized an event, the result of which was that more than 100,000 euro’s was raised for the Disaster Relief Fund.

The Manacare Foundation from Spain took a team of volunteers from Spain and Gibraltar to help with the relief work.

After much reconnaissance work, it was decided to build something that would not only assist in the immediate Relief, but would be a pillar of Hope for many years to come. Sadly some of the volunteers could not see the long term vision and ceased, but others have replaced them over the past six years and those volunteers together with further financial donations, have been instrumental in providing what exists now.

The Hopes and Dreams Centre employs teachers, doctors, nurses, seamstresses, and soap and candle makers, in all 58 people. More than 800 children and adults benefit from the Centre and work further afield is now being undertaken in the refugee camps and in prisons.

The first stage of the Centre is finished. The second stage, which involves housing for the physically handicapped, and a training centre for housemaids, is mainly geared at helping young people with no homes or families to train for a profession. Many of these orphans have no education at all.

This is an excellent effort from the part of the Manacare Foundation to generate fund for the rehabilitation of Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.

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