The extraordinary amount of £102,175 has been donated to Cancer Relief Gibraltar following the fund-raising effort of the Peter J Isola Foundation last month.
The Foundation set up in memory of the Hon Peter J Isola OBE has been supporting worthy local causes for many years.
Over a two-week period, ISOLAS Partners Peter Isola and Neil Costa covered almost 500km in a brutal effort to raise funds for Cancer Relief. Peter cycled some 350km over 7 days on his Wattbike, and Neil ran every morning at 7am for 14 consecutive days covering over 140km.
The call for help of Cancer Relief was picked up by former Health and Justice Minister Neil Costa, who canvassed the participation of Peter Isola and the team at the Foundation. They set out to raise £25,000 but were overwhelmed by the public support including personal, online, and corporate donations, instead raising an amount that is unprecedented in the 37-year history of Cancer Relief for a single event.
They were overwhelmed by the public support!
“At such a difficult time in our history, to have these firms and individuals stepping up and so generously donating to this excellent cause is truly humbling. Neil and I would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for their incredible kindness,” commented Peter Isola.
“Cancer Relief do incredible work in our community and I have had the privilege of working closely with them. The toil of running 10km every morning is insignificant compared to the work they put in every day to support and help those most in need,” said Neil Costa.
As a small community, charitable giving is extremely important, but never more so than during this pandemic, when local charities dependent on fund raising have had to cancel their events, while providing even more vital support to those in need.