Charity football match boosts medical treatment fund total in Almeria

SOLIDARITY: The teams gave it their all despite scorching temperatures, helping to bring the total amount raised closer to the €20,000 Manolo needs for life-changing treatment CREDIT: Nikki Robinson

THE community turned out in force for Sunday evening’s charity football match in Mojacar Playa, Almeria to raise money for life-changing medical treatment for local Manuel Rosa Galan.

Hosted by the Vera and District Lions, with the backing of Mojacar council, the Mojacar Playa versus Mojacar Pueblo fixture was all about helping the 57-year old street sweeper get the €20,000 he needs for treatment for Parkinson’s disease in Pamplona.

Manuel, fondly known as “Manolo el barrendero”, kicked off the match. His son and nephew joined the Mojacar Pueblo team.

Despite the scorching temperatures the players gave it their all and there was plenty of action on the pitch. Mojacar Playa triumphed in the end, the score 6-2.

The entrance on the door, raffle and the bar’s donation of 50 cents for each drink raised nearly €1,100, and donations for Manuel are still coming in. On top of this the Lions is matching every cent raised up to €2,000, and the Lions tins are still out there in local bars.

Manuel told the Lions how grateful he and his family were for the efforts of everyone involved in the behind-the-scenes organisation and to the teams.

“He’s not far off the final total now”, the Lions’ Nikki Robinson told the Euro Weekly News, explaining events are also being held for Manuel’s cause in Malaga, where he originally hails from.

“One little push and Manuel will be in Pamplona getting his much-needed treatment!” 

To make a donation to Manuel’s cause contact Nikki on 662 009 624 or message Vera and District Lions on

For more information on Manuel see


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