The Foundation of Friends

by Michelle Gascoine
(Marbella, Spain)

The purpose of the Foundation is to extend a friendly helping hand to children in need.

Our aim is to engage the Expat and Spanish community in coming together to raise money for facilities and support to help children who for a variety of reasons find themselves in difficulty.

Our Foundation has been created by a team of like-minded Friends who wish to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

Through these efforts we can, not only help others but also create a closer and deeper relationship with our Spanish Friends by working and playing together to improve the lives of our children.

The Foundation of Friends works with local charities not only raising much needed funds but also assisting them to raise their profile within the international community here in Andalucia. Working with the founders of the charities we not only raise money but also look to offer practical solutions to assist them in their valuable work. We identify specific requirements and desires and work to help the charities realise these objectives.

If you are interested to learn more about The Foundation of Friends or to find out about becoming a Friend of The Foundation, please contact us at

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Jan 09, 2011
New Years message
by: Tony Lee

Dear Friends

2010 seems to have gone by in a flash and it seems hard to imagine that The Foundation of Friends is fast approaching its first anniversary! In less than a year we have enjoyed organising a number of fund raising family events including an Easter Parade & Family Fun Day, Reggae Night, Foundation Football Tournament, Sports & Family Fun Day, House Party, Rocky Horror Show and Xmas Fayre and with your help have managed to donate nearly ten thousand euros to support AVOI (children with leukemia) and CRECE (children with Downs Syndrome).
Everything that The Foundation of Friends stands for is best demonstrated by the unstinting support of so many that give their time so generously, none more so than Ian and Elaine Lockyer and team at Aloha Gardens Multi Sports Club who have been outstanding supporters of 'The Foundation' throughout 2010.

In commiting themselves to the ideal of helping children less fortunate than themselves we should also express our appreciation of the IB students from Swan's School who have chosen to become actively involved in helping to raise funds on behalf of children and in furthering their understanding of the needs of others.

Other and by no means less important supporters include Mark and team at Eyeprint, Eileen Knight PR Consultant and Rachel Collister, Thomas Steinmetz, Warren Webley & Stagecoach, Danni Worth at Op de Beeck & Worth, Paul at Marbella Entertainments, Anya and Claire at Mealtime Marbella, Carl and Angeline at Naga, Nina B, Lawrence at La Casita and it must not go without saying that we owe our very existence to Fernando del Canto, Jose Manuel and all at Konsilia, without whom none of this might have been possible. Thank you also to those who have made a significant contribution although no longer involved, including Michael Ludbrook at Pasta Cafe and the indominatable Michelle Gascoigne.

Thank you also to our media supporters including Sur in English, Costa Del Sol News and Essential Magazine and many others!

The danger in making lists is that someone might not be included and if that is the case then i must humbly apologise including the Cosgrove's and indeed our own boys - thanks guys! On the other hand , such a fine list of amazing people does help to demonstrate what it takes to make what we actually do happen, so thank you all again most sincerely.

We are planning a schedule of events for the year ahead to include padel tennis tournament, family sports day, football tournament and some new ideas!

Happy New Year and looking forward to more fun and fund raising on behalf of The Foundation of Friends in 2011.

With thanks
Tony Lee

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