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Coming together to benefit the community


Irrepressible televison presenter Nicole King once again brought together community leaders, charities and businesses for the fifth United Nationalities of Marbella Summit at the end of October.

Meeting at The Harbour Restaurant Marbella and following all the COVID protocols, this was an opportunity to find synergies, make connections and launch new projects to benefit Marbella’s youngsters, businesses, the environment and more vulnerable members of the community.

Sponsored by Linea Directa and hosted by Georgina Shaw of Shaw Marketing Services, it proved a positive and productive event for all.

Local charities were given a platform to introduce themselves and explain their needs, while discovering how to serve the area better by working together more closely.

A new charity, School Initiative was launched to support Marbella’s charities while offering opportunities for students to make a difference, gain experience and develop skills.
This Inter-School Charity Challenge is the brainchild of organiser Nicole King and was well received by both charities and the representatives of the English International College and Marbella International University Centre who were present.

Schools will be invited to choose an official charity and challenged to make the biggest impact, with the most charitable schools being presented with prizes at the end of the challenge.

The importance of job opportunities and training for young people was also discussed. Schools and businesses concurred young talent was lost due to a lack of opportunities and agreed to improve this by asking the business community to provide internships, training programmes and work experience placements. Jeremy Ferguson from Spectrum IFA is helping head up this project and asking business owners to contact him with opportunities for young people, which will then be circulated to schools and higher education establishments.

Last but by no means least, the important subject of protecting our environment was raised, with UNM Environmental Champion Angela Lafferty challenging guests to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing their use of plastic water bottles, taking part in initiatives such as beach cleans and making a commitment to minimise the waste they are generating.

Marbella Town Hall’s Councillor for Commerce, Innovation and New Technologies Cristobal Garre was present and thanked the organisers and attendees for all their hard work and pledged his support for businesses and community projects such as these.

British Consul Charmaine Arbouin was also present, offering her support and reminding guests of the steps they needed to take before the UK leaves the EU at the end of the year.

Organiser Nicole King thanked everyone for coming and repeated her ongoing message that we’re all better together, particularly in these difficult times. She presented a road safety campaign “Zero Hero”, launched at UNMS2018 to help encourage more awareness regarding drink driving and called for attendees to help get more bars and restaurants to participate in offering free soft drinks for designated drivers
All attendees took a breathalyser test after the lunch courtesy of Linea Directa so they could see if they were safe to drive.
The event was filmed and will be broadcast on Marbella Now with Nicole King over the coming weeks.

These programmes are available online via Facebook @MarbellaNow or on the RTV Marbella website.

Anyone who wishes to support a charity, help the environment, become a Zero Hero establishment, or provide a youth employment opportunity is asked to contact the team by emailing mimarbellartvm@gmail.com

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