The 17 th of November, a warm and sunny day, was one of the most important days in the history of Concordia since we had the honor of an audience with the Queen at the Zarzuela Palace.
After the rigorous controls at the gate our bus passed through a wide, open parkland full of roe deer up to Monte Pardo where the private residence of the monarchs stands. The peaceful atmosphere almost helped to calm our nerves before arriving at the modest, two floor building. At that moment nobody was able to hide anymore how excited we were.
Doña Sofia's secretary received us and took us to the hall where the audience would take place. ?Would you please stand here?? he kindly indicated the place.
Some minutes later Doña Sofia entered the room in an elegant red suit, high heels to match and a big smile to welcome her guests.
Presents like a beautiful tablecloth that had been embroidered by the mothers of our Concordia patients, the annual report of Concordia and the Concordia Magazine were handed out to her Majesty. ?Let?s take a picture outside on the staircase. It is such a splendid day?, the queen suggested. Later she enquired about our work for Concordia, the actual Aids situation and other subjects.
The Concordia Association has received the award MARCA MARBELLA
THE PRESIDENT OF CONCORDIA ANTI-AIDS ASSOCIATION IS AWARDED THE EUROPEAN GOLD CROSS
Marbella, May 16 th, 2012.
The president of the Concordia Anti-AIDS Association, Princess Marie-Louise of
Prussia, has been awarded the European Gold Cross by the Spanish Association of
European Promotion ( Agrupación Española de Fomento Europeo AEFE ) in
recognition of her enduring commitment to social service in Concordia and
previous charity organisations.
Marie-Louise of Prussia - Adopted Daughter of Marbella
"When I was 14, I was told by one of my aunts, who could read the lines of the palm: "Girl, you will have much luck in life! Now I know my luck has been Marbella."
With these words, our beloved President responded to the Award of "Adopted Daughter of Marbella", the city of her main residence for the last 40 years.
Here she joined the love of her life, Count Rudolf von Schönburg-Glauchau; here were born their two children, Sophie and Fritzi, and here she became profoundly involved, in common cause with others, in helping the underprivileged. "If you are the recipient of so much love, so much luck, you just have to give something back," she manifests, with great conviction. A demonstration of the education received at an early age.
1994, having spent 20 years of her life working for UNICEF Marbella, she met the then and current person in charge of, indeed the soul of, the local Anti-AIDS Association, Chelo Más, whose work made a deep impression on her. There was such public repulsion to the disease and so much misery caused by it, that she could not refuse the entreaties to put her good name and much more than that, at the service of Concordia.
Looking back over these past 16 years, Marie-Louise of Prussia knows that this period of time has been one of the most important of her life, despite countless impediments suffered; lack of social conscientiousness and the endless struggles for the sake of those affected by AIDS. The efforts have paid off and continue to do so.
"I will be a good daughter of this city," she promised the Mayor and all those who witnessed the solemn ceremony in the theatre of Marbella. But it is already more than proven: Her life is to serve.
On 17th July Vienna's famous Life Ball took place. Organized by Gery Keszlersince 1992, this high profile ball, which counts on support from the likesof Liza Minelli, Elton John, Sharon Stone, Pamela Anderson and Eva Longoria,raises much-needed funds for the organization of LIFE AIDS. A-listers WhoopiGoldberg and Bill Clinton attended the event in 2010.
This year S.A.R. Princess Maria Luisa of Prussia and other invited guestshad the pleasure and honour of attending this wonderful celebration, at therequest if Mr. Keszler, who generously gave Concordia another box at thetheatre to sell. This made a total of 10 boxes, which were sold by PrincessMarie Lousie for 6,000 euros between May and mid-July, raising a staggering60,000 euros for Concordia.
This incredible sum was presented at the Concordia Summer Gala, held on July24 and attended, as in the previous year by Mr. Keszler.