17 February 2014 – The Philippine Embassy in Madrid reported that Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos C. Salinas received on behalf of the Philippine Government and the Filipino people a substantial donation for the victims of typhoon Haiyan generated from a marathon fundraising event held in Madrid on 5 January 2014 organized by the Municipal Board of Fuencarral-El Pardo in collaboration with Fundación Solventia. The turn-over ceremony was held on 13 February 2014 in Madrid.
The marathon event raised a total of 21,000€ which will be directly remitted to the Aboitiz Foundation for the reconstruction of five classrooms in Anonang Sur Elementary School in Cebu. The Aboitiz Foundation will match the amount raised by the marathon and likewise build six (6) new classrooms in the same school. Construction is expected to commence in March.
In addition to the abovementioned cash donation from the marathon event, there was also a symbolic turn-over of 50,000 dosages of medicines from Fundación Cofares and hospital equipment from Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal of Madrid. Beneficiaries of the medicine and hospital equipment are yet to be determined.
Ambassador Salinas took the opportunity to express his sincerest appreciation for the donors´
Fuencarral El Pardo Councilor José Antonio González de la Rosa; Fundación Solventia President Conrado Truán; Fundación Cofares Vice-President Félix López Brea; Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal Director Javier Maldonado González and Centro Comercial La Vaguada Director Sebastián Herrero attended the simple turn-over ceremonies.