The Global Gift Foundation Philanthropic Weekend in Marbella

This year, the Marbella Global Gift Gala will be a philanthropic weekend for the benefit of the Casa Global Gift – a multifunctional centre for children with rare and chronic diseases in Marbella.

On Wednesday March 13, at a press conference in Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (town hall), the entrepreneur and philanthropist Maria Bravo (creator and President of the Global Gift Foundation and its event platform) announced that this year the Global Gift will be joining forces with Maria José González (founder of “Nueva Moda”), “Pasarela Larios” and Marbella Fashion Show.

The Marbella Fashion Show will now take place within the Philanthropic Weekend that the Global Gift Foundation celebrates annually in Marbella and which this year celebrates its 8th edition.

From left to right: Jesus Gil, Fadi Khalil (XPOSE), Ángeles Muñoz (Mayoress), Maria Bravo (Global Gift), Mª José González (Marbella Fashion Show), Isabel Cintado (Councilor for Social Rights)

Marbella Councilor for Social Rights Isabel Cintado began the presentation by saying “I would like to congratulate María Bravo and María José González for this partnership that will undoubtedly benefit our city, Marbella and of course Casa Global Gift; the multifunctional center for children with rare diseases that Maria is opening very soon in Marbella. My congratulations also to the creator of the brand XPOSE, Fadi Khalil, Official Sponsor of the Philanthropic Weekend of the Global Gift Foundation, for joining this great family, and who I welcome to our wonderful city.”. A special mention also went to Jesus Gil, who linked Maria with Fadi Khalil.Part of the funds collected in the 3rd edition of the Marbella Fashion Show will go to Casa Global Gift.

Maria Bravo said: “I´m very happy to join forces with Maria José González whom I deeply admire, and it´s an honour to have our Official Sponsor with us today, Fadi Khalil, someone very special with a wonderful project that helps people in vulnerable situations use a mobile app for their safety, for which he has received several awards. Mr. Khalil will be supporting the Casa Global Gift, contributing part of the profits of the Xpose App so the 300 children under its roof can receive their daily therapies”.

Maria Bravo also confirmed that the Casa Global Gift Home will open its doors in July 2019 to coincide with the presence of actress, producer and activist Eva Longoria Bastón honorary godmother of the centre.

This year, the catwalk with national and international designers will take place on July 12th and 13th, with the 8th edition of the Global Gift Gala to be held on July 14th at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Resort with a plethora of well-known faces including that of Chair and Honorary Chair, Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria Bastón.

Maria José González said: “It´s a privilege and I feel very proud to be able to work with a professional of the category of María Bravo, whom I admire in a personal and professional way. We hope to donate part of the profits to Maria’s project in favour of the children from Global Gift Home, and with her help, further the position the Marbella Fashion Show as a benchmark of international fashion in our city. Since I’ve known Maria, I’ve thought that some people want things to happen, while she makes them happen”.

Maria Bravo also took the opportunity to present the Official Sponsor of The Global Gift Gala Marbella 2019, Dutchman Fadi Khalil, founder and president of the mobile app called XPOSE, winner of a Mobile Excellence Award (MEA) – the 2016 Mobile Excellence Award for the Best Mobile Innovation, received in Los Angeles for the App that is designed to give security & assist anyone that finds themselves in a dangerous situation.

Fadi Khalil said: “I would like to thank Maria and the rest for their incredible words; I am a great admirer of Maria´s work through her foundation and for this wonderful project that is Casa Global Gift. That’s why I have chosen Marbella as the first city in Spain to launch XPOSE.”

María also made a special mention of Jesús Gil, the person who made the link between the philanthropist and the award-winning Fadi Khalil. XPOSE is a brand with corporate social responsibility. A live streaming application that has been developed to focus on the safety of people. By shaking the phone, the application is activated; Xpose automatically records what happens around you and transmits it, together with GPS coordinates, directly to the given emergency phone. It also generates an alert to family members and all users who have the application and are within between 5 and 10 kilometers.

PASARELA MARBELLA FASHION SHOW is the fashion event of the year on the Costa del Sol. Created by Maria José Gonzaléz, founder of Nueva Moda and Pasarela Larios, every year renowned designers as well as new talents show their latest designs to the emblematic Avenida Lola Flores in Puerto Banus, bringing together fashion professionals and enthusiasts.

Global Gift Foundation is a non-profit charity whose main objective is to create positive changes in the development, welfare, health care and social inclusion of the most vulnerable. The Foundation helps provide shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care and other vital needs to vulnerable groups, particularly children and women in need. Created in 2013 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Maria Bravo, the foundation supports projects of different organizations around the world and has recently launched its own project named Casa Global Gift.

Casa Global Gift is a Multifunctional Center for Children with Rare or Chronic Diseases that is located in the city of Marbella and that will provide shelter to at least 5 charitable non-profit organizations such as: Adisol (Association of Diabetics of the Costa del Sol), ADAHIMAR (Association of Disorders for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), CADI (Center for Attention to Childhood Diversity), Association against Cystic Fibrosis and Bubble and Dreams (Rare Diseases and without diagnosis).

The Global Gift Gala is the main event of the Global Gift Foundation and one of the most important charity celebrations in the world. Created by Maria Bravo, the platform celebrates between 8 to 12 galas a year. Of a charitable, international and annual nature, the signature event is distinguished by its ambassadors, some of the most admired artists in the world – such as Eva Longoria Bastón, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Adrian Brody, Anastacia, Victoria and David Beckham and Pamela Anderson, among many others –. The events take place in different countries and cities such as Paris, Cannes, Marbella, Madrid, London, Dubai or Althorp (the family home of Princess Diana with her brother Lord Spencer who acts as Co-Chair of the event alongside Maria Bravo). Bravo thus ensures huge media repercussion for the event sponsors, as well as giving visibility to the beneficiary charities whose values ​​coincide with those of Global Gift Foundation.

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