You walked, you danced, you will save lives…

Over €35,000 raised on this year’s Walk for Life with over 5,000 people walking

A pink wave took over South Tenerife shortly after 10am this morning as over 5,000 people began to gather for the annual Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer. The 4 kilometre walk was from the Golden Mile in Arona to Plaza Salytien in Adeje and participants had performances and a flash-mob dance to keep them entertained as well as a steel drum band and bagpipes leading the way. The walk also has a new mascot, a Butterfly, who is still looking for a name, to be decided on after submissions online.

This year’s walk saw over €35,000 raised, and the money will be used for various cancer-related support and investigation projects. Among the 5.000+ walkers were the Foundation president Brigitte Gypen and various members of the the Arona and Adeje Town Halls, including both mayors, José Julián Mena (Arona) and, José Miguel R. Fraga (Adeje). Both mayors, in addressing the crowd before they set off, stressed the importance of having a fully functional oncology unit in the as-yet uncompleted public hospital for South Teneirfe. “My wish for next year’s walk is that we will finally have a public hospital here”, said the Arona mayor José Julian Mena. The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, took up the theme, “we continue to press for a quality public health service for everyone and are doing everything we can to make that a reality.”

José Julián Mena, also said it was a day to remember and celebrate those who couldn’t be here for many different reasons, and that it was a source of pride for him, “to be here in Arona today and see the south of Tenerife united as one, dressed in pink, the colour of awareness and sensitivity”. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga added that “for another year running the south of Tenerife have demonstrated their high level of solidarity with those most in need, today that is those with cancer, in particular those with breast cancer, and their families”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to Walk for Life?

 

At a press conference to announce details the mayors of Adeje and Arona also called for an oncology unit in the public hospital being built in South Tenerife

 

The Walk for Life is on December 16th this year and will probably see over 5,000 people taking part, according to the organisers and the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, who held a joint press conference this morning. Foundation president Brigitte Gypen was at the top table alongside singer and this year’s honorary walk Grand Marshall, Agoney, who said this “was very important for him. It’s not the first time I have taken part – in previous years I sang too”.

4,500 walkers turned out for last year’s event and raised over €20,000. This year walkers will gather at the ‘Golden Mile’ in Arona and walk four kilometres to Plaza Salytien. And there will be a lot of fun activities before and afterwards, with many local singers and groups on hand to entertain the participants.

During the press conference the mayor of Arona also took time to stress the need for “an oncology unit in South Tenerife which needs to be based in the public hospital”, a demand seconded by the mayor of Adeje who added the need to address the issue of mobility, “under the current system cancer patients had to be brought to the north for their treatments, so adding to the treatments and illnesses they had to face long journeys, often prolonged by traffic jams”. Mena added that the Walk for Life was a “day full of hope but awareness has to be something permanent. It’s not just about one day but about 365 days”.

Adeje mayor Rodríguez Fraga renewed the borough’s commitment to the Walk for Life, “which reflects the solidarity of the south with those, mostly women, who are suffering from this illness. The Walk for Life gives them visibility, helps, and also highlights the need for early detection and the gaps that still exist in the treatments available”:

Brigitte Gypen thanked all those who participate and the businesses and sponsors, those helping with printing, merchandising, transport, halls, etc. She had special mention for the volunteers who work all year round to make the walk what it is. She told press that with increasing awareness of environmental impacts, this year there would be no balloons, instead streamers and flags. There will also be a flash mob – and people are already practising using the videos online on the Walk for Life and council social networks.

Detailing the use of funds raised last year, Gypen said that money was spent on the BRA project, ensuring that every woman on the island who has undergone a mastectomy has access to a special bra, designed for her needs, an essential tool in aiding recovery. Another project that has benefited from funding is the development of liquid biopsies and in the oncological physiotherapy service. These, as well as the on-going activities that happen in the Pink Room, and the donations to cancer associations such as the AECC and AMATE. Funding is also used to assist in the Kilómetro Solidario Project which provides transport for oncology patients in South Tenerife.

 

A surprise visitor to the press conference was the new mascot for the Walk for Life, a butterfly – a mascot that is, as yet, unnamed – but the public will be asked to help find a name through social media. The press were also shown the new promotional video, with local Spanish and British journalists urging people to take part in the Walk for Life on December 16th. And if you want to contribute but can’t take part on December 16th you can always buy the 2019 Voices for Life calendar or other promotional items.

The mayors of both boroughs also outlined other ways in which they are working to assist residents who are suffering from cancer today, “even though it might not be officially our responsibility, that is no way to evade the issue…we will continue to invest but also continue to demand quality public health services particularly in the south”, said the Adeje mayor.

 

The mayor of Arona informed the press that they have given the AECC association a headquarters in a municipal installation and are developing aquatic activities for patients who need them. The council also recently announced the availability of free transport for those who need to travel to Santa Cruz/La Laguna for oncological treatments.

Adeje too contributes annually, with the Pink Room in the borough’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia and are working on a lymphedema prevention programme, offering therapy, transport and working with the AECC. Both mayors said they would be taking part on December 16th, “walking for life, reinforcing these action plans, because they meet the needs of our people, together”.
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In the Pink

 

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa celebrates three years in existence this month.  Inaugurated in October 2015 by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and health councillor Amada Trujllo Bencomo, the Room was born from a need, identified by the Walk for Life foundation, for a space for sufferers of breast cancer and their families.

It offers a place to meet others, for information and help socially and professionally.  The Pink Room, having listened to many women’s issues post-mastectomy, also started the BRA project which now offers every single women here who has had breast removal surgery a custom-made special post-op bra, fabricated from non-abrasive material, fitted, closing in front, etc.

The Pink Room has also run yoga classes, pelvic floor sessions, workshops and talks post-op care, healthy eating, etc.  according to the Walk for Life president Brigitte Gypen.  She and councillor Trujillo Bencomo were in attendance at the 3rd anniversary celebrations alongside many of the users of the Room and their families.

A Swim for Life was held last weekend and the annual Walk for Life takes place in December. The Pink Room is in the Adeje ‘Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia’, in La Nieves with activities every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

 

 

Walk for Life date announced

 

The 2017 Walk for Life will take place on December 17th. The walk, now in its 13th year, brings together thousands of men and women, many of whom have been directly affected by breast cancer, and raises funds for a number of Spanish cancer associations, for family care, and research.

The event is organised by the Walk for Life organisation, led by Brigitte Gypen, and the Adeje and Arona councils. This week Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo met with Gypen to start preparations for this year’s walk, though the organisation is active 365 days of the year, organising events, talks, workshops and much more to help individuals and families affected. There is also a Pink Room which was given by the Adeje council to the Walk for Life, and is based in the School of Security in Los Olivos.

Councillor Trujillo said, “There are many people affected by cancer who look forward to this event every year, and there are many more who want to help. And it’s very important to recognise all that happens around the Walk, and all that goes into the organisation of the walk, something the Adeje council is committed to on a permanent basis”.

Last year over 3.400 people took part – a new record for the Walk for Life – with almost €18,000 collected. The funds goes to the Association of women with breast cancer (Amate), the Spanish cancer association (ECC), as well as projects on investigation and research into possible cures.

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Who will you walk for?

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OnSunday December 11th the boroughs of Arona and Adeje come together again to Walk for Life.  The walk is now in its 12th year and works to raise awareness about breast cancer, support those diagnosed and their families through two Spanish associations, and raise funds for research into curing this disease.

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The official presentation of the event took place this morning in the Regency Hotel Country Club with founder Brigitte Gypen, the Adeje and Arona health councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Pura Martín Pérez, and television journalist and this year’s honorary walk Marshal, Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca. Brigitte said, “This is a solidarity event which allows us raise awareness of breast cancer from a positive point of view, celebrating life.  We have a few surprises in store for walkers this year – last year there were 3,300 taking part, and we hope to better than this year”.

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The councillors referred to “the synergy between the two local councils of Adeje and Arona” as a key part of the success of this event and mentioned other ongoing projects that the Spanish Cancer Association and Amate are involved in with the Walk for Life movement throughout the year. They added that early detection, mammography, early treatment and less cuts to funding for the health service were also vitally important in the battle to reduce deaths from breast cancer.

TV journalist Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca said she was honoured to be the Marshal for the walk this year, adding that journalists had very much a part to play in movements of this kind.

This year the walk will leave from Compostela Beach by the Avenida de la Américas, Arona, and follow the road (3.5km) to the Magma Arte & Congresos centre.  During the walk there will be refreshment stands where people can get a drink or piece of fruit. There is also a run for life planned.  More details on all this and registration details are on www.carreraporlavida.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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