EVERY two minutes, someone is told they have cancer, but since the first ‘Race for Life’ began in Battersea Park back in 1994, Cancer Research UK says the fund raising event has helped them to reduce the death rate by 16 per cent.
Here in Spain, the MABS Cancer Support Group organise similar events throughout their seven branches that span the coastline between Valencia and Gibraltar.
Last Sunday it was the turn of the MABS Centre based at Sol Park, in the Marina Alta resort of Moraira to stage their version of the spectacular ‘Race for Life.’
On the day, donations were estimated at around €3,500 with “quite a bit to come.” Over 350 walkers and runners started the one-hour-less-day, by clearing the cobwebs from their fuddled minds with the help of warm-up exercises led by Poppy of Motive 8 while local radio station Heat FM supplied the music and live commentary to their listeners throughout the first stage of the event.
Then, on the dot of 11.00am, it was the big off.
Three hundred and fifty souls wended their way along a five kilometre course, some walking, some jogging and some hobbling, but all totally committed to the cause of helping to fight cancer by raising money and an awareness for MABS and their dedicated support group.
Entrants donated €10 each (€5 children) to start the walk and become proud owners of a MABS Race for Life Tee shirt and a bottle of life saving water donated by Los Leones Sol Park restaurant.
Iceland donated energy bars for the less energetic.
Money raised including sponsorship will be used to help run the Care Centre with its counselling services and alternative medicine services.
By Benny Davis