October 19th was World Breast Cancer day, but here in South Tenerife we have the chance to remind people later this year to continue supporting people fighting this disease and funding those working on research for a cure. The frightening fact is that even today every thirty seconds someone somewhere is diagnosed with breast cancer (World Health Org).
The Walk for Life talks place on December 15th and as in previous years will link Arona and Adeje. Adeje’s health councillor Rafael Dolado García said “last year there were an enormous turnout with over 2,300 taking part in the ‘pink wave’, and this year we would love to see even more people walking”. This year the walk will start at the Magma Centre in Adeje at about 11am, under the banner To Walk is to Support.
There’s a new dimension to the campaign too this year – you can help choose the 2013 t-shirt design. Go to the Adeje council webpage, www.adeje.es and to the health section, or directly to the Walk for Life page, www.carreraporlavida.com and follow the directions to the voting page, and select your favourite design from a choice of three.
Last week the Adeje council confirmed that, once negotiations with the Cabildo have been completed, the Barranco del Infierno, the fantastic walk in the borough, will reopen, hopefully before the end of 2013.
The Barranco was the second most visited natural attraction in Tenerife after Mount Teide, but was closed a number of years ago after a walker died following a rock fall. Since then the council have been working hard, in conjunction with the Cabildo and experts to, according to the mayor, “minimise the risks and make sure that any future visitors are informed as those risks”. According to councillor Gonzalo Delgado when the walk reopens anyone wishing to embark on the hike will be informed as to the new set of regulations regarding the walk, there will be a limit of 200 walkers a day, a new control point, guided routes which will reduce the numbers of individual walkers placing themselves in danger, among other new operational norms.
The issue of a fee to do the walk has still to be confirmed, as well as the final decision regarding the management of the walk and the Barranco, which will either be assumed by the council or a private company.