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'The annual WalkaHome event is our biggest fundraising initiative'

 Marisa Martín at the hospice in Benalmádena earlier this week.
Marisa Martín at the hospice in Benalmádena earlier this week. / SUR
  • The Cudeca WalkaHome challenge invites participants to organise physical activities in their own homes or neighbourhoods

The Cudeca Foundation is gearing up for this year's on-line WalkaHome fundraising event, which will take place on Sunday 23 May.

The virtual initiative will be repeated again this year to replace the annual seafront Walkathon in order to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

The charity is inviting people to host a fundraising initiative in their own homes or neighbourhoods by organising physical activities like walking, running or swimming.

Chief Executive and Medical Director Marisa Martín told SUR in English that this year's event will offer many "surprises". She also believes that more people will be ready to participate this year.

Why is this type of event important for Cudeca?

The annual WalkaHome event is our biggest fundraising initiative. Last year we had over 1,000 participants and raised over 11,000 euros. This year, due to the pandemic, we need more people to join us. Our challenge is to get 3,000 participants.

How has the pandemic affected Cudeca's usual fundraising projects?

The pandemic has affected all areas of the Cudeca Foundation. Our charity events were completely paralysed for many months, but now people are willing to celebrate and get together again.

Do people support the virtual event with the same enthusiasm as the normal Walkathon?

Many people join our events with a lot of enthusiasm, but as it is virtual, there are many people who don't know about it because they don't have access to the internet. However, we hope the community will keep on joining up and support the day: it will be full of surprises.

What type of activities can people organise?

Walks and exercise that can be practiced at home or in public areas - respecting Covid-19 prevention measures. This can be with your family, in a team, or with your pet. You will have no time or distance to accomplish.

Who can participate?

Everybody.

Has Cudeca organised a programme of events to coincide with the WalkaHome?

Yes, from 9am to 2pm we will be broadcasting a series of activities on YouTube and Facebook. These will include yoga, Zumba, stretching and functional training amongst other things.

Have any celebrities got behind the event this year?

Yes, we have the support of shotput champion Borja Vivas, along with the Unicaja Basketball team and Malaga CF players. We also have Michelin star chef, José Carlos García, among many others. We also have corporate sponsors: La Caixa Foundation, CLC World Foundation, Freepik Company, Viveros Guzmán, Grupo OV, HC Marbella, Vithas and Ortoplus.

Last year's event was very successful. Are you hoping this year will be better?

Yes, we are very excited, as many of our volunteers, partners and organisations have contacted us to support us and join the event.

In what areas will the money be used?

All the funds raised from registrations and donations will be used to continue caring for and accompanying many people who are at the end of life. It is very important to make sure that they are not alone at such a difficult time.