By Tara Rippin • 13 September 2019 • 11:44
COSTA WOMEN hosted an Abba-themed summer party at Max Beach, Riviera del Sol last night to celebrate summer and raise money for AECC Pink Ladies cancer support charity.
Entertainment on the evening, co-sponsored by Euro Weekly News, was provided by Michelle Daniels who brought her new ‘show’ The Ultimate Cher, with music from Abba / ‘Mamma Mia – Here we go again’. She had the whole audience (and the staff at Max Beach) up on the floor dancing.
Ali Meehan, Founder of Costa Women said: “What a great way to spend an evening in the company of nearly 120 Costa Women. The generosity of Costa Women made a difference to the local community by raising €800 on the night, plus a wonderful donation of €400 organised by Elisa Madina Ryman from La Caixa through the ‘La CaixaObra’.”
“We were delighted to support Pink Ladies, a new department run by foreign volunteers of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC – Asociación Española Contra el Cancer)”.
The Association can help at whatever point you are at in your cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery. You may feel you want to speak to someone in your own language about your diagnosis, treatment and how to talk to your loved ones. AECC offer free services, support and friendship by talking to someone in a similar position, or offering physiotherapy after treatment, advice from a social worker as to how to navigate the Spanish health system, or support from a psychologist
The helpline is 658 946 903 and they also have a support service for Gentlemen (Pink Panther).
Ali was also delighted to hear from Pink Ladies’ Luisa Machen and Paloma Gomez from AECC Spanish association that two Ladies from the night had offered to be volunteers and translate at the local hospital.
If you have suffered from cancer, you can also help by being a “testimonial volunteer”.
A period of training is provided to enable survivors to offer a positive view of their experience to others who are in the initial stages of the same cancer and offering emotional support, all in the patient’s own language.
Karen Wolfson, Marketing and Customer Service of Metro Grupo (and member of Costa Women since 2016) also joined the event.
Metro Group have 12 venues around the coast including Max Beach which was reopened this year. Ali Meehan thanked Karen and her team for their excellent service throughout the event.
Top gifts donated for a raffle included a €300 Ralph Lauren handbag from the What’s Hot team at El Corte Ingles (who offer a discount card for foreigners), €600 worth of spaces on newly launched Fountain Menopause Retreats, and a luxury pamper hamper from Euro Weekly News which was won by Jill Burgess.
Other prizes included a €200 photographic session with Inbal (who also took the photos on the evening) and another 25 donations. The Ladies were also treated to editable pieces of art from Fruit Life Decor.
Costa Women is a free community for Women living in Spain, or women heading this way. Sign up at costawomen.com
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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