By John Smith •
Published: 01 Jul 2016 • 14:07
Butterfly Charity Children shop opening party
LAST February an electrical short circuitcaused a devastating fire destroying the Butterfly Children Charity shop in Malaga, the only piece of good fortune was that it occurred during lunchtime closing so no-one was hurt.
Volunteers had worked so very hard to open the shop less than two years earlier but once they had recovered from the shock, they were determined to ensure that it was re-opened as quickly as possible so that it could start to generate income for the very worthy charity again.
There two immediate needs, firstly to be able to gather enough funds to pay for the work and secondly to replace all of the valuable stock that had been lost.
A total of €6,845 was collected which included significant donations from the La Cala Mijas Lions and Teleinform and a crowd funding campaign which meant that the work could start and a number of local companies including Amparo Beato, Chavala, Paco Olea y Stravaganza Marbella donated new clothes and shoes. El Corte Ingles Malaga supported by allowing a collecting campaign during two days at their store, and Cudeca donated lots of clothes from their own charity shops.
Thanks to the generosity and support shown by the people of Malaga province, the Butterfly Children Charity Shop in C/ Heroe de Sostoa 80 has once again its even more determined to continue its vital role in helping the Butterfly Children and their families in Spain. To celebrate this, the charity organised on the evening of June 30 a grand re-opening party in the company of many clients, volunteers and collaborators.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
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