Walkathon raises 22,000 euros for Cudeca cancer care

Walkers on Benalmádena seafront last Sunday.
Walkers on Benalmádena seafront last Sunday. / TONY BRYANT
  • Over 1000 people took part in the annunal Cudeca Walkathon last Sunday

A crowd of 1,100 people took part in the annual Cudeca Walkathon on the seafront in Benalmádena on Sunday.

Helped along by around 100 volunteers, the event raised more than 22,000 euros for the hospice charity, which cares for patients in the final stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses and provides support for their families.

The mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, attended the day's activities, joining, on behalf of the Cudeca Hospice, chief executive and medical director, Dr Marisa Martín, and deputy chief executive and financial director, Rafael Olalla.

Entertainment was provided by singer Mario Ross (a friend of the recently deceased, Mel Williams, a regular performer at the Walkathon), the belly dance group Naima, Banana Studios, Barbara Pereda, yoga with Sankalpa Torremolinos and Ritmo FM. Cudeca physiotherapist Carolina Martín helped the participants warm up before embarking on their routes.

Other activities ranged from a bouncy castle to giant paellas.

The prize for raising the most funds went to the group Peluquería Gottlieb, who raised 2,356 euros; Soroptimists, with a collection of 1,051€, came in second place. Ten-year-old Jago Bux was the biggest child fundraiser for the third consecutive year.