Walking Works Wonders

What are you doing on the morning of Saturday October 21st? Fancy a stroll for charity? Yep, it’s that time of year already, and it’s time to get your walking boots on and step out.

Mike, Jan, Rosa, Geoff and KateOrganised by the Calvia International branch of the Rotary Club the charity walk has been going for more than thirty years. And it’s raised thousands for local associations and causes. This year’s slogan is “Walking Works Wonders” and if you are a walker then you will already know that. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

Regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. So why not join in the walk, enjoy getting fitter and raise some money for charity? The Rotary Club Calvia International is hoping to attract some of the established walking groups on the Island to take part in the walk but anyone who has an interest in just doing a walk in the company of others – there are no prizes to be won or records to be broken – whilst at the same time making a contribution to three worthwhile Charities can take part.   Sponsors would be very welcome too, they already have Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual will sponsor the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company who covers the walk’s public liability insurance yearly (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) will sponsor the water, plus Nice Price are donating chocolate treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia are also providing their full support for the event.

This year’s charities which stand to benefit are RANA  (fundacionrana.org.es) a Majorca based charity which aims to prevent child abuse. JoyRon (joyronfoundation.org)  which helps needy children in the Balearics. Our contribution will go towards the cost of providing a children’s cinema in Son Espases Hospital, and Asociacion Ondine (asociacionondine.org) which is dedicated to environmental and marine conservation in the Balearic Islands.

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So why are we at Es Generador looking at countless posters designed by local school children? Because every year the poster advertising the walk comes from an art competition that they can enter. Despite local public schools being invited to attend it’s just some of the private and international schools which have entered: Queens College, Bellver, Baleares International College, Agora and The Academy.  I know that the Rotary Club would love to have more schools join in (both in the forthcoming walk and in next year’s art competition and walk) so get in touch with them if you represent a school or college. After much deliberation the judges chose the entry from Lotta Cabello from Queens College with the Junior runners up being Zahara Vazquez (Agora) and Roberto Mercadal (Agora) and the Senior runners up being Elsa (Queens College) and Alina Vera (Queens College) with a Special Mention for  Electa Schaller (The Academy).

Mike with the special mention entry.It takes quite a bit of effort, patience and dedication to coordinate the walk, and this year the job has fallen to Jan Siegl (for any questions you can contact her via janet.siegl@gmail.com). It’s Jan who tells me about a new initiative, to make the walk “plastic free”.

“This year, for the first time, the Club is aiming to abolish the need for single use plastic bottles reflecting our wish to work with Asociacion Ondine, one of the Charities we are supporting and which campaigns against the indiscriminate use and disposal of plastic items. We’re seeking to not only serve the local community and reflect the aim of Rotary International, which is Service above Self but also to save the environment for the future. It’s a very important issue for all of us. All participants will be asked to bring along a reusable water bottle which they will be able to fill for free from a large tank, called The Rocket and which will be provided by CleanWave.org, a non governmental organisation which provides solutions to the single use plastic bottle issue. Further water will be available along the route. ”

As in other years there will be a choice of two walks this year they will both start and finish at the Polideportivo de Magaluf on c/Minyo. The 10 km route will go to the municipal car park next to Agora International School in Costa d’en Blanes and back and the 2 km route will go down to the promenade at Magaluf. The walks will be marshalled and supervised by members of the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations, as well as having both a Guardia and medical presence. When the walkers return they will be awarded a medal and will be provided with light refreshments. There will also be stalls selling items from other Charitable organisations and stalls from sponsors.

The 10 Km walk will start at 10.00am and the 2 Km walk at 10.15.   If you want to take part then you should turn up for registration between 9.00 and 9.45am.  Walkers of all ages and abilities can take part. The cost of taking part will be €10 for adults and €5 for children. There is no charge for any committed to taking part in the walk and their contribution to the event, and of course to the sums raised, is significant and very much appreciated. But the Rotary Club Calvia International is still seeking more participants, so, what are you waiting for? Get involved!  

For more information about the Rotary Club visit www.rotary-calvia.weebly.com

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