Supporting local charities is an expensive but necessary action

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IN the past week, the Marbella Council has committed to spend €170,000 to help a number of charities in the municipality to continue with there good work and this is just a fraction of the money spent each year to support local and national charities and NGOs.

It announced that it is to continue funding three charities based in San Pedro Alcantara to the tune of €110,000 during the 2020 financial year bringing the total paid to charities in the city to more than €1 million this year.

This was confirmed by Marbella Mayor, Ángeles Muñoz as she announced several grants worth more than €60,000 to guarantee the maintenance of the work carried out in the city by Marbella Volunteer, Crece and Fibromyalgia Marbella (AFIMAR).

Mayor Muñoz, signed a number of collaboration agreements with these three entities and she explained that for the future, the Council plans to allocate allocate more than €2 million per year to the work carried out by different charitable associations.

She stressed the fact that although income for the Council has shrunk due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City is going to make a budgetary effort, to find the funds to keep supporting these important organisations.

Support is desperately needed by these different charities as their ability to raise funds was completely curtailed during the lockdown and even now it is costing them more than ever to maintain their facilities due to the new hygiene arrangements having to be introduced due to the pandemic.

There is such a diverse range of needs in the municipality with organisations looking after the elderly, those with different illnesses, children, those with mental health problems, food banks and animals that the call for funds will always be enormous.

This does not take into account the money spent via Social Services in order to help those in danger of social exclusion due to lack of work and the need to feed their families.

No Council can help everybody but the relationship between Marbella and the various local volunteer organisations as well as larger national groups such as the Red Cross and Caritas is important and should not be undervalued.

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