Age Concern zip wire challenge raises a record total of 5,225 euros

  • The fearless senior citizens participated in the only cross-boarder zip wire in Europe

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas has announced that last year's fundraising zip wire challenge netted the charity over 5,000 euros. The event, which took place last October, saw ten members and supporters of Age Concern participate in the only cross-boarder zip wire in Europe. The daredevil pensioners flew from Huelva to Portugal at speeds of around 80 kilometres an hour.

The charity had set its sights on raising 3,000 euros, and a delighted secretary, Steve Marshall, declared this was the most the charity had ever raised at their annual fundraising challenge.

With this extra funding, the charity was able to provide all of its members with a traditional Christmas dinner and also replace or upgrade many of the mobility appliances. The secretary pointed out that the money would also help to underpin its expanding welfare work and develop its social programme to fight loneliness and isolation.

"Age Concern would like to thank all participants and the wider expat community who supported our zip line challenge in October of last year. This challenge was not for the faint hearted and many of the participants had to face and conquer their fears. But thanks to their generous support, we raised the incredible sum of 5225 euros," Marshall told SUR in English.