Some of the photos posted by participants in the Walkahome.
Some of the photos posted by participants in the Walkahome. / SUR

Cudeca Walkahome raises 11,000 for hospice charity

  • With the annual Walkathon event thwarted by coronavirus, the virtual alternative got 1,140 supporters moving at home

The Cudeca Walkahome event held on Saturday raised more than 11,000 euros for the hospice foundation.

The virtual initiative, brought in this year to replace the annual seafront Walkathon, attracted 1,140 supporters, who all did some form of exercise in their homes or neighbourhoods during the day.

Participants who signed up were sent a numbered bib to download, print out and wear as they exercised.

Community spirit was raised by a full programme of activities held throughout the day and broadcast by the cancer care charity on its YouTube channel.

These included numerous clsses to help with the exerecise, including yoga and pilates, as well as a variety of entertainment, all presented by Salva Reina and Luisa Machen.

Chef José Carlos García gave a cooking demonstration, Mago Luigi added a touch of magic while musicians took turned to perform live, all from their own homes. Performers included Lee Townsend, Bárbara Pereda, Joe Eceiza, David Sanz, Cristina Alba Padial, Rodrigo Orrego, Pepe Torregrosa and Agustín Sánchez of Jarillo lata, Diez Negritos, Revoluta / Free Soul Band, Tarifa Plana, Dry Martina and Javier Ojeda.

Funds were raised through donations from participants as well as a raffle with prizes given by top athletes and businesses.

While Covid-19 prevented supporters enjoying the usual atmosphere at the Walkathon in Benalmádena, the funds raised will help the foundation to continue caring for patients in the advanced stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses.