Sunday finally saw hundreds of people flock to Zenia Boulevard to put their best foot forward for charity with the annual Santa Walk. Organised by Maria and the Pink Ladies, all of the money raised goes directly to the Spanish anti-cancer charity, the AECC.

This year, as always, the walkers and those who came along to give their support, got into the festive Spirit of the walk and dressed in fancy dress. Of course, there were lots of Father and Mrs Christmas’ but also, snowmen, elves, rein-dogs and Santa-dogs.

More than 100 people registered for the walk, at €5 per person, and people also made donations raising a total of €1,056.04….which is €1.04 more than last year! This was the seventh annual Santa Walk and the third to be held at the shopping centre. The walk is a 5k circuitous route from Zenia Boulevard and although it is a walk people are able to run, jog, cycle, skate or be pushed round. Following the walk there was live entertainment and Sunshine FM played festive tunes.

People also brought along toiletry items for the teenage children at Elche Children’s Home – such as deodorant, shower gel, perfume, aftershave, body lotion, moisturiser – and items of dried or tinned food stuffs for Reach Out to help feed those in need this Christmas. These collections were presented to representatives of the charity as part of the event.

The Pink Ladies said: “Thank you to all the walkers and to everyone who made donations of food and toiletries. Thanks also go to Simon Morton and Dan Davy of Sunshine FM for providing the music at Zenia Boulevard and on the walk, to Trainer John for the use of his truck, to Zenia Boulevard for hosting the event, the police who escorted us and big thank you to all the Pink Ladies and Panthers who took part.”

All the money raised will be used by the AECC to subsidise its Early Detection Programme which offers cancer screening tests for men and women against several types of cancer.

The AECC Office at Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre will be closed from 17th December to 9th January 2017. Appointments can still be made on the Maria and the Pink Ladies webpage: www.pinkladies.es and for emergencies, call Maria directly on 633 487 595.

Since forming in June 2010, Maria and the Pink Ladies and Panthers have raised more than €303,700 on behalf of the AECC.