PINK was certainly the colour to be seen in Ciudad Quesada, as hundreds of fundraisers gathered to support the “Pretty In Pink” Festival.
The colourful festival was organized by Zumba Fitness Instructor, Lisa Gordon and aimed at raising funds for the Spanish cancer charity ‘Asociacion Española Contra el Cancer’ (AECC) as well as conveying a positive message about breast cancer awareness.
Lisa bravely took over the reins from fundraising queen Debbie Weedon, founder of the annual “Debbie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk’, which is set to return next year.
The fabulous fiesta took place within the car park of the George Pub in Ciudad Quesada, where people of all ages were proud to wear pink, and fly the flag for a great cause.
The event included a variety of bouncing events, which were hosted by TKO Radio’s Lee Fox, including a sponsored Spin-o-thon, conducted by the “Vibe Cycle” team from Howard’s Gym, before the girls from OK Gym took the floor with a pumping “Step” demo.
Raquel Peña and her team of Flamenco dancers proved that people of any age or nationality can master the fiery Spanish tradition, whilst Cherokee and the Dance Ranch, gave a country and western flavour to proceedings with their impressive Line Dancing routines.
Lisa and her buzzing team of Zumba-addicts spiced things up with a sizzling Zumba demo, and the girls even managed to drag their hubbies up for a dance, raising an extra 50 euros for the cause!
This was followed with a cute display by the infants group “Zumbatomic”. The dancing was interspersed with performances by some of the Costas favourite female vocalists, including Rebecca Holt, Buddy Holly Tribute- Holly Buddy, Lesley Smith and Gemma Jones.
Meanwhile, visitors had the opportunity to pamper themselves with a range of beauty treatments and makeovers and indulge in a variety of tasty pink treats. Due to the amazing response to Lisa’s plea for raffle prizes, that was received from local business owners, the raffle and auction provided a huge boost to funds, and had to be continued on Tuesday with a plethora of prizes still up for grabs!
These included a 2 Night Stay for 2 people half board at the Don Pancho Hotel in Benidorm, a hamper crammed with pamper goodies, a booze and chox box and stunning gift from the Treasure Chest. The event reached its crescendo when contenders for the traditional “Best Bra” contest went on parade, showing off their glitzy prize winning bras.
The contest was judged by beauty queen, professional singer and celebrity, Georgie May, who awarded the ‘Boobie’ prize to Jan Harding.
At the end of the day, Lisa was pleased to announce that €1,200 had already been collected, with lots more funds still to come in.
She commented that “I am so grateful to everyone who took part. You made the day and I’m so proud of each and every single one of you, you are all AMAZING!”
By Heidi Wardman