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High-flying Age Concern staff prepare for daring zip wire event

Some of the intrepid team members who will take on the zip wire.
Some of the intrepid team members who will take on the zip wire. / SUR
  • Participants will cross the River Guadiana on the journey from Spain to Portugal at a speed of around 80 kilometres per hour

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas has announced its latest thrill-seeking fundraising event, and it is most certainly not for the faint-hearted. Following last year's daredevil skydive, which raised 2,000 euros, the charity has invited its members and supporters to ride the longest, and only cross-border, zip wire in Europe.

Participants will cross over the River Guadiana on the 720-metre journey from Spain to Portugal at a speed of around 80 kilometres per hour. Those brave enough to participate will literally fly through time, landing approximately one hour earlier than take off because of the time zone change between both countries. The charity is looking for volunteers to participate in the event, which is planned to take place in October. It also needs sponsors and is appealing to local businesses and individuals to support the fundraising challenge.

“Right now we are looking for people who want to have a go. However, it is of the utmost importance to confirm that all applicants are physically able to participate,” secretary, Steve Marshall, told SUR in English.

Those wishing to take part in the event - whether zip wiring or helping out on the day - should contact Steve Marshall on 667 83 44 50. Information can also be obtained from the charity shop in Los Boliches.