On behalf of all of us at Les Roches Marbella, I wish to extend our sincerest gratitude for the spirit of volunteerism you have shown throughout this semester.
Beginning in September with an initiative from Erika Steinke, the student running club coordinator, students and faculty came together for the Les Roches Marbella Fun Run for a Cause to raise funds for the AECC cancer research foundation. Ms. Steinke’s hard work motivated more than 50 runners to join the cause and together they were able to present the AECC with a donation of 300 euros.
Following Ms. Steinke’s initiative, a group of first year students decided to use their Bistro Café final exam theme as a platform to raise more money in the fight against breast cancer. The Bistro theme of the day was “Think Pink” and with this in mind they elegantly decorated Bistro Café in a pink motif to raise awareness about a disease that effects millions of women each year. During this lunchtime event on campus, the entire student body was encouraged to purchase pink bracelets to show their support. For their dedication and long hours preparing the event, they donated a total of 280 euros to the AECC.
Your solidarity and cooperation for important causes didn’t end with these two amazing events. At the end of November, Postgraduate students took their own initiative to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines by donating the money they raised for their Sports Day and Cultural Night events to the Red Cross. The total of their thoughtful contribution reached 710 euros.
Also in November and following the success of the first Fun Run for a Cause, Ms. Steinke once again volunteered her time and organized another running club event to raise more money for the AECC’s cancer research fund. The second Fun Run for a Cause exceeded the extraordinary results of the first one by raising an additional 800 euros.
Finally, as is the holiday season tradition at Les Roches Marbella, students from all courses volunteered their time to prepare food and proudly serve the guests of two consecutive charity events in Marbella. First was the annual Caritas charity dinner where more than 18 students offered their time to selflessly help the organization. This was followed one week later with an equal contribution from 40 students at the AECC’s annual benefit dinner. In preparation of these events, second year students spent long hours preparing hundreds of delicious h’ordeuvres that were proudly served by their fellow service colleagues during the two charity dinners.
I cannot express enough how proud it makes all of us at Les Roches Marbella to see our students come together in solidarity for causes that touch each and every one of us. Your selfless contributions this semester have set an exemplary standard that future students will be proud to continue in years to come. We thank you and wish you all a joy filled holiday season.
Dr. Maria Teresa Gozalo
General Director, Les Roches Marbella
Update: On Saturday December 14, 2013, Les Roches Marbella officially delivered the total donations from student charity events throughout the semester.