28/09/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - La Agrupación para la Defensa del Paciente Psíquico (Association for the Support of Mentally Ill Patients) ‘El Cribo’, have, in association with the Cabildo de Lanzarote and the Ayuntamiento de Teguise, organised Lanzarote’s very first charity race in aid of mental health, the race is called ‘CriboTrail’. All funds raised will go to ‘El Cribo’, a non-profit organisation committed to providing comprehensive care for people suffering from mental illness on the island of Lanzarote.
The event will be held on October 12th in the town of Teguise and is just one event on a programme of activities organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the association. Alberto Fernández, activity coordinator and member of the association, revealed details of the event. The race follows the old road from Teguise to Famara and there are two categories of routes, a 10km and 20km route.
Participants will meet at 09.00 in the tent at the Plaza de la Villa, where those competing in the 10km race will be transported by bus to the starting line. Those competing in the 20km race will begin at the same time the bus leaves.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category and participants will also have to chance to enter a draw in the hope of winning sports equipment and activity vouchers. Those interested in taking part in the event can register on the website of the association www.elcribo.org, or at their headquarters, Calle Tenerife, 28, Arrecife.
There will also be other entertainment on the day of the event in the Plaza de La Mareta of Teguise, including performances from bands like El Geito, Raíces and Hermanos Toledo.
“The aim of the race is to raise enough funds to enable El Cribo to continue providing the necessary resources to support psychosocial rehabilitation and to work to promote the independence and integration into society of these people”, claimed the Minister for Social Welfare of the Cabildo, Marciano Acuña.
President of ‘El Cribo’, Jesús María Fernández Ramírez, has appealed to the people of the island to come out and support the event by encouraging them to not only participate in the race but in the various other activities organised. The President stated that “with live music, parties, alternative music concerts, food, snacks and drinks as well as sports and leisure activities there is something for everyone in the family, for children and adults”.
Ramírez added: “People of Lanzarote have proven on many occasions they are very supportive, even when they are experiencing great difficulties. Those wanting to contribute, but for some reason are unable to participate in the race, can also purchase a dorsal for €10, thus helping people on the island suffering from mental illness and helping them get the treatment and resources they deserve.”
Municipal Councilor of Teguise, María Dolores Machín, has announced the Consistory also want to contribute to the organisation of the event in any way they can, in terms of signage, equipment and logistics.