THE LONG WALK
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Starting September 29th 2017!
The Long Walk is the annual coast-to-coast charity hike across the beautiful, sub-tropical island of Gran Canaria. We raise funds for our local causes and charitable organisations on the island, helping those we can to overcome challenges. The event itself also provides unparalleled opportunities for team building, personal development and direct community action while negotiating a great sub-tropical wilderness in a safe and motivating environment.
This walk simply demonstrates that together we can all cross mountains, one step at a time.
Individuals and local businesses join us for some or all of the walk, spearheaded by founding participants TUI Travel, The Canary News, Love Gran Canaria, Afrikat Gran Canaria, Blue Explorers Dive Centre, 45photos, Ary Traduciones and many others who have joined us along the way like Music Hall Tavern, Spirit of The Sea, Sparkles Showbar,Personal Trainer Lilly Rikhter, Gran Canaria Natural & Active and members of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival a month later (Nov 8th – 12th 2017). This is much more than hiking!
- Get people talking about surviving and overcoming challenges of all kinds, including children with cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.
- To show that together we can cross mountains, one step at a time.
- Showcasing the wild, natural beauty of the island of Gran Canaria.
- Building teams and relationships that can last a lifetime
- Getting active in a way that is open to every body, of every age.
- To raise much needed funds and awareness for very worthy local causes, while encouraging people of all ages to challenge themselves while walking over one of the most beautiful sub-tropical islands in the world.
- Changing Lives for the better and encouraging self belief and team spirit.
- To nurture community and collaboration between residents, visitors and natives on Gran Canaria
Yes Together We Can!
Now in our sixth year, The Long Walk travels coast-to-coast across the subtropical island of Gran Canaria, crossing its highest peak, to help inspire others to raise funds and awareness for worthy local causes, supporting sufferers, and importantly their closest family members, in understanding how to survive and conquer serious illness and life challanges affecting men, women and children of every age.
Together we can do this!
Gran Canaria’s English language newspaper, The Canary News, is very proud, once more, to be joined by adventurers from the resident English speaking community, visitors and various businesses to raise funds and awareness for these most worthy causes.
We encourage participation in as many ways as possible, whether that is sharing information, collecting sponsorship, promoting involvement or walking with us for the entire 3 day journey, just one day, a part of one day or simply cheering us on at the finish line.
We can´t do this without you.
Our message is simple:
There are times in everybody’s life we each face difficulties.
Keep Going. Never Give Up. You are not alone.
Stay focused on the beauty all around you.
Together we can cross all mountains, one step at a time.
Overcome The Challenge
We want to highlight the struggle faced by anyone struggling, or who has ever been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, and the importance of supporting them, and those nearest to them, while they overcome their own personal mountains or challenges.
YOU are not alone.
Please join us for on October 1 at the RIU Palace Maspalomas for a Pink Balloon release, in memory of loved ones, for ‘The Big Picture’. An image of Solidarity, overlooking the Dunes and then join us to Walk ‘The Solidarity Mile’ along the Paseo Costa Canaria from the Dunes of Maspalomas to Playa del Inglés. We will celebrate at the famous Tipsy Hammock.
THE CANARIAN BREAST CANCER ASSOCIATION (ACCM)
ACCM’s role is pivotal as a complimentary service to medical treatment. They not only deal with educating huge amounts of people with messages about prevention and early detection, but spend their very limited resources on trying to ensure the psychological and sociological needs of both patients and those closest to them are met with love, support and understanding. They work to ensure comprehension, acceptance of and recovery from cancer are approached with the positive can-do attitude so necessary to help healing both physically and mentally.
ACCM are the only organisation of their type in the Canary Islands whose philosophy is comparable in many ways with the UKs much, much better funded Macmillan trust. They really need our help to continue to grow their offering.
ACCM provides support to sufferers and their families as well as lectures in schools to help bring the issue to young people while at the same time promoting volunteerism, which is such an important resource for the Association. They also offer bio-psycho-social care to patients and their families, warning about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and the importance of an annual mammogram.
The ACCM works to prevent social exclusion of women diagnosed with breast disease and cancer survivors, because sometimes they find their medical condition can lead to unpleasant situations in their daily lives.
We are walking over a mountain to support Breast Cancer sufferers. We want you to sponsor us, donate or participate, and we want you to join us for The Last Mile.
Up, up and away
“The Long Walkers” meet at the El Roque on the north coast of Gran Canaria.
From there climbing more than 1600 in one day to the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda.
Over The Top / A Walk in The Clouds
We ascend to the summit Pico de Las Nieves, before lunch then along the high ridge across the top of Risco Blanco overlooking the Tirajana valley, & on to the beautiful traditional village of Santa Lucia.
From Santa Lucia we head up the Tirajana Valley to Tunte and then onto the Camino de Santiago all the way to Ayagaures where others will begin to join us for the last leg.
The Long Walk & The Solidarity Mile to Maspalomas
100 or more Final Walk volunteers join The Long Walkers at around 2.30m in Ayagaures for the last 16km all the way down to Maspalomas, where we will arrive at Parque Sur de Maspalomas around 5.30pm and will hopefully be joined by more supporters for the laast 4km and on to the RIU Palace Hotel overlooking the Dunes of Maspalomas around 7pm just before sunset
The Big Picture
A group image of solidarity from the Mirador de Las Dunas de Maspalomas with as many people as possible gathered to send a message of love.
The Last Mile
A solidarity 1 mile walk to Playa del Inglés along the Paseo de Costa Canaria
& the victory event with entertainers at The Tipsy Hammock
In 2011 an initiative from Gran Canaria’s local English-language newspaper The Canary News, Views & Sunshine, El Periódico Inglés de Gran Canaria, led to a successful campaign to raise money for the local breast cancer association. Various readers from the community got involved and were inspired to create events and performances to encourage fundraising for this very worthy cause. That year we exceeded our 1000€ target, donating more than 20,000€ to the ACCM at time when they were most in need.
The Long Walk was first founded in 2012 to support local fundraising activities among the community in Puerto Rico, bringing together two adventurous souls, Edward Timon & Sanna Nevalainen, after they made a promise to walk from Puerto Rico, on the south coast, to the famous land mark Roque Nublo, in the centre of the island, if the fundraisers were able to exceed their target one more time, offering to walk to the opposite coast and the capital Las Palmas if they managed to double it.
With the help of the English newspaper, and the support of English speakers on Gran Canaria, the adventurers left Puerto Rico with 7 others who escorted them through the night to the mountain village of Soria, and the duo finally made it to Roque Nublo, having walked nearly 50km straight, after 18 hours of roadways, trails and rough terrain. They fell in love.
The outstanding TUI Travel team, led by Mr Paul Gilliam, joined the effort the following year, as part of their annual fundraising efforts in their work on Gran Canaria to complete the promise of a coast to coast walk. Under TUI´s leadership, guidance and commitment the TUI team, and their area manager for The Canaries, Niel Heyhoe,walked with us from Maspalomas to Las Palmas, in an inspirational event that raised thousands of euros.
Several other participants joined The Long Walk for the rest of the hike coast-to-coast, including Paul and TUI’s then destination services manager Jane Rasmussen, not only making it to the summit of the island but then back down the other side to the capital Las Palmas for a celebration at The British Club of Las Palmas.
Since then the event has grown from strength to strength, with a new route every year, from the north to the south, now finishing at the Dunes of Maspalomas where The Long Walkers are met by supporters and sponsors, including local politicians and business people of every nationality.
The Long Walk and associated events, over the last six years, including the wonderfully successful Caminata Contra El Cancer, in Maspalomas, have led to more than €100,000 in donations directly to local charities, and in particular the local breast cancer association, and this in turn has spawned many other fund raising events throughout the English speaking community.
In 2017 we are widening our scope, creating an official association to continue this great work and looking to include various local charities in our event. We hope you will join us.
THINK PINK FOR OCTOBER
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE
There are a number of ways you can take part. If you want to register for The Long Walk we require you to find a minimum of 200€ to over accommodation, food and insurance. There after we ask you to aim to raise a target of 1000€ to add directly to the donation going to the charities, although we are not so strict on this, we want to ensure that as many people as possible know about your epic undertaking and commit to supporting the effort.
The Long Walk ( 3 Days ) : per person – This initial 200€ will need to be paid prior to confirmation. You can have your accommodation sponsored for you to walk, but this needs to be clearly stated to the sponsor.
- 210 € incl. shared double room in Parador with HB + Spa (Dinner with beverages) / and light breakfast / insurance
- 235 € incl. single room in Parador with HB + Spa (Dinner with beverages) and light breakfast / insurance
- 200 € / shared triple room in Parador with HB + Spa (Dinner with beverages) and light breakfast / insurance
- Beverage package for the dinner at Parador includes: mineral water, Parador’s wine (more than 1 glass, but not one bottle per personJ) or beer, coffee or tea.
As well as walking you can donate, find sponsors, help to promote the event, meet us at the various points along the route to cheer us on and of course buy one of the event T-shirts, from which 100% of profits go directly to the charities
A great way to join in is to get yourself sponsored to do a section of The Long Walk, even if you can’t do all three days. Every leg of the way, we travel through some of the most epic unspoiled wilderness in the world. If you think this is something you might like to do, get in touch and we can help you plan for it.
And of course we are looking for as many people as possible to meet us at the front of RIU Palace at 7pm on October 1st, before The Big Picture overlooking the Dunes of Maspalomas, and then The Last Mile to our victory event and the Grande Prize Draw in Playa del Inglés