Walk for Life 2017 raises over €20,000 with more than 4,000 taking part

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento

Updated 17 December: Today’s Walk for Life raised over €20,000, organizers say, after some 4,000 walkers took part alongside the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, and thousands of other walkers. The walk began at 11am at Siam Mall in Adeje, walking along the V Centenario Avenue, along Rafael Puig LLuvian Avenue and to Las Americas Avenue in Arona, with a bus travelling in parallel for those mobility challenges and difficulties in completing the 4 kilometre walk. 

Brigitte Gypen said that now “we have twenty thousand reasons to meet again next year and bring even more people along”.  Arona mayor José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of the event in raising awareness about breast cancer with many families in South Tenerife suffering as a result of the disease.  “We want them to know that they can depend upon us”, he said, as well as calling for the proper provision of health services in the south of the island.  He also underlined the importance of early detection in the fight against the disease.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that this was a special “international” day every year for everyone taking part.  “It has become an event that promotes social harmony” as well as calling for better treatment for cancer sufferers and stressing the importance of early detection.

12 December: Just a reminder of this Sunday’s Walk for Life. Whether you’re a participant or a supporter, the place to be will be the start at 11am at Siam Mall.

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento

Updated 6 November: Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that The Canarian Walk for Life foundation – Carrera por la Vida – has issued its annual calendar which supports the walk itself, now in its 14th year.  For this year’s calendar, the Igualmente Produce company, with director Ángel Pérez at the helm, has brought together 12 professional photographers, one for each month, who have each donated their own particular vision to illuminate the stories of different individuals affected by breast cancer. Each photograph reflects a unique moment, a slice of time that has a message, that unites art and hope.

Fashion photographers such as Edgar Magdalena, Beatrix Molnar and Williams Rodríguez, other professionals including the Milimalimón group, Yeray Cruz and Alberto Mahtani,  Joaquín Ponce de León, Laura Swing, Juanmi Alemany and press photographers Carol Alexander and Abraham Aránega and professor Concetta Rizza have also used their cameras to capture special seconds in time reflection how individuals are dealing with and beating cancer.

The production was a totally voluntary affair, with even printing costs sponsored by Finca Canarias Aloe Vera, Canaragua, Farmacia Arona, Carolina Boix, Con Líneas, El Alce and Valora, and so every cent of the €6 cost will go towards Walk for Life, helping to raise awareness about the importance of early detection as well as contributing towards meeting the needs of all those directly and indirectly affected by cancer. The calendar can be found at various outlets, including the Pink Room in Adeje and Carolina Boix shoe shops.

Original post 20 July: Preparations are already underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 17 December. Last year, 3,400 walkers and 152 runners took part in the event, going from CC Oasis in Playa de las Américas to the Magma Centre, and raising €17,816 for cancer associations. This year, it will coincide with the creation of a Canarian “Walk for life” Foundation, and there will be a decidedly Christmassy feel to the walk.

For those who don’t already know, the walk takes place every December, and this is the 13th year it has been held. It is an event which brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, those who have lost someone to cancer, and on a wider scale the general public of Adeje and Arona. The start of the walk alternates between Adeje and Arona and ends in the other municipality. It has a dedicated website HERE.

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