The La Vita Group, owned by Mario (pictured right) and his father Marco Arcari, has donated over £9,000 to a children’s charity – from ten pence donations. Diners who visited any one of their five restaurants during the festive period (mid-November – 1stweek in January), were able to contribute a discretionary ten pence to charity from their bill. The La Vita Group then match whatever is raised during this period.
It has supported When You Wish Upon a Star Scotland for three years and this year has been their best, with a total of £9,035.40 donated to charity, taking their fundraising total to £22,717.40 over three years.
When You Wish Upon a Star helps to bring smiles to children aged 4-17 years who live with a life-threatening illness by giving them memories to treasure.
Radio presenter Tam Cowan (pictured left) visited the Group’s La Vita Restaurant in Glasgow’s George Square to assist with the cheque presentation to Judith King from the charity.
Mario said,“If we can make a difference to some children and their families and give them reasons to smile, we’re delighted. This proves that sometimes a small donation such as a ten pence piece can go a long way.”
Judith King (pictured centre), Scotland Regional Fundraiser said, “Heartfelt thank you to Tam Cowan for helping with the celebration of the amount of Wish pounds that was raised. We look forward to creating more magical memories with the astonishing amount of funds that were raised this year by La Vita… watch this space…”