AROUND 1,050 people completed the Cudeca Walkathon on Sunday, May 24, and raised more than 44,300 euros (gross).

This year was the seventh walk organised by the local charity in aid of its Cancer Care Hospice, which provides free palliative care for those diagnosed as terminally ill.

Walkers set off from the Sunset Beach Hotel, Benalmadena Costa, and there were three different routes with varying levels of difficulty: a two-kilometre walk to Torrequebrada, a five-kilometre walk to Puerto Marina and the tougher 10-kilometre circuit.

The new mayor of Benalmadena, Enrique Moya, and Rocio Torres from Cudeca took to the stage to officially start the walk.

Also present were the director of event sponsor Hospital Xanit, Sergio Mejias; Health Councillor Inmaculada Hernandez; Culture Councillor Jose Nieto; and the Malaga Town Hall Citizen Participation Councillor Julio Andrade, all of whom, including the mayor were wearing the Walkathon t-shirts and completed the walk.

A host of local singers and dancers kept the onlookers and supporters entertained all day and there was plenty of food available.

Several prizes were given out, among them the prize for the largest group taking part in the walk, which went to Sunny View School with 65 participants and a prize consisting of a trip for two to Paris for the person who raised the most funds, Enrique Gomez, who collected 5,700 euros in sponsorship.

We are proud to say that members of the Euro Weekly News team from the Benalmadena office took part in the five-kilometre event.

For more information about Cudeca visit or call 952 56 49 10.


This story originally appeared in Euro Weekly News – your favourite English newspaper in Spain.