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.

 

 

Breasting the pink wave

“Here’s to the 5,000” was how Brigitte Gypen, president of the Walk for Life foundation urged people to take part in this year’s event, on Sunday December 17th, from Adeje to Arona, leaving from Siam Mall at 11am.

This will be the XIII edition of the march organised with the Foundation Walk for Life and the two councils, alongside the Cabildo and a number of private patrons whose united goal is to raise awareness, funds for research into breast cancer and those organisations working with individuals and families affected. Participants can register online now and buy their pink t-shirt from December 2nd at Siam Mall where the foundation have a special stand for the purpose.

The Walk for Life has also been delighted to confirm the presence of the para-Olympic champion Gema Hassen-Bey as this year’s Grand Marshall and the Arona and Adeje health councillors, Elena Cabello and Amada Trujillo, who also present at the event presentation today, urged members of the public to also join them in continuing to insist that the public Hospital del Sur has a complete oncology treatment unit. Amada Trujillo Bencomo said, “we hope that soon our patients can attend hospital here in the south so that they needn’t suffer the trip to the north of the island in search of treatment”.

Gema Hassen-Bey said she had decided to accept the offer to participate due to “the very special hugs” she had received from an individual after a conference on cancer. She too, she told the press and public, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and a year later (in a wheelchair) ascended to the Teide summit. “Today I am here to hug back”, she said.

“Come and walk, bring your friend, family, pets. We will have a bus for those who have reduced mobility or who get tired during the (4k) walk, there will be many surprises, a raffle, and lots more” concluded Brigitte Gypen.​

Join us in the ‘swim for life’

 


This Saturday, September 16th, the Swim for Life is taking place at T3, Tenerife Top Training. This is the fourth year the event is taking place as part of the overall ‘Walk for Life’ movement which has grown every year and now sees thousands of women and men taking part in a selection of breast cancer awareness raising activities.

Participants in the Swim for Life must be over 14 years of age and people will be asked for a donation of €10 to take part in the event – full registration details www.carreraporlavida.com. All the monies raised go towards the Walk for Life foundation.

The day begins at 10.30am with warm up events in the pool, At 11.30 there will be an Agua Gym session and in parallel water games and diving experiences for those interested.

All participants will be presented with a pink swimming cap and the morning will finish with a special lunch for all, prepared by chef Mario López,
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Almost €18,000 raised during this year’s Walk for Life

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The annual Walk for Life, the ‘pink wave’ that united Adeje and Arona every year, brought over 3,500 onto the street last weekend and raised almost €18,000.

Money is collected via registration, donations, a raffle, and the sale of many related items, counted in the presence of an official notary and all the money raised goes the two Spanish cancer associations, AMATE and AECC, investigation and research into treatment, and the running of The Pink Room, a dedicated space in Adeje.

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This year the route was from Compostela Beach, in Arona, to the Magma Arte & Congreso centre in Adeje, just under 4 kilometres, with live music and dancing at both locations. And for the first time there was also a race for life, with over 130 entrants running ahead of the walkers. The winner in the men’s category was Gilberto Mendoza Alvarez in a time of 12.06” and in the women’s category Adrienn Mozes who finished in 15.03”.

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Following the runners a ‘gang’ of bikers set off, well decorated with pink ribbons, balloons, wings and teddies, and after them the main body of walkers, led by a steel band. Upon arrival there were refreshments and fruit free for all participants, and a raffle with a terrific range of donated prizes. There were a number of winning tickets unclaimed – more information on the numbers and prizes on the Carrera por la Vida /Walk for Life facebook page.

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The organisers extended their thanks to the many public and private bodies who participated and donated to the event.

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Be part of the pink wave!

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If you see a pink wave coming your way this Sunday, December 11th, the best thing to do is join in! It’s the annual Walk for Life, which takes place every year to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. This is the 12th year of the event which always walks between the two boroughs of Arona and Adeje, and up to 4,000 are expected to take part.

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The walk will leave from Compostela beach at 11am with TV presenter Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca leading as this year’s honorary Marshal. The walk is 3.5 kilometres and will end at the Magma Arte & Congresos centre. Donations and registration monies collected all go towards research into breast cancer treatments and cures as well as support for patients and families via the Spanish Cancer Association, AECC and AMATE, the Association of Women with Breast Cancer.

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From 10am on Sunday there will be different performances and events taking place to ‘warm up’ the walkers, so do get there early. There will also be refreshments along the way and a fun reception when the walkers arrive.

Registration and more information is on www.carreraporlavida.com,

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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