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Walking for a good cause

Walkers on a previous charity trek organised by the fundraising group.
Walkers on a previous charity trek organised by the fundraising group. / SUR
  • Locals will raise vital funds for those who suffer from Parkinson's disease this Sunday

Dozens of walkers are needed to take part in an 8km family walk in aid of Estepona's Parkinson's Association this Sunday, 27 January.

Organisers are hoping that more than 25 people join them on the two-hour jaunt around the ruins of the Castillo del Nicio near Estepona.

It's hoped that the event will raise some 300 euros towards a new air conditioning unit for the charity's community room.

The event is being organised by British expat Michele Yanez-Bowker, whose mother Violet Bowker, has Parkinson's.

Michele, 48, who is originally from London and has lived in Spain for 10 years, told SUR in English: "My mum has Parkinson's so it's a cause close to my heart. I spoke to the charity on the phone and they were so impressed that a foreigner wanted to raise money for them.

"It's a disease where you have to keep exercising, so these charities are quite important as they offer things like singing therapy. I just want to keep these places going and share some joy together, as it's not all about sitting at home and feeling sorry for yourself."

The mum of two added: "I've suggested a donation of about 10 euros per person, but people should just donate what they can. It's better to donate something than nothing at all.

"I would like to think we could raise a fair chunk of this money. If you cannot walk you can still donate to this wonderful charity either directly or via us."

This is the fourth charity walk around Estepona that Michele has helped to organise, with the other three raising money for Adana, Heart Animal Rescue Estepona and The Royal British Legion. Michele added that people can bring their dogs with them on the walk.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.