ALMOST a thousand people turned the streets of Rojales into a pink tide against cancer last weekend. The official numbers and pink shirts given to the participants for the IV Solidarity March of Women were sold out in a few minutes with many other participants joining in the walk at their own leisure.
The 5K served as a tribute to Isabel Cañadas, a teacher of the IES La Encantá, who passed away last year.
For the City of Rojales it was a historic day. Never before had a sporting event brought together so many people to the streets: and they did so for a good cause. The IV Solidarity March for Women brought together more than 900 participants who came from various parts of the region to contribute their bit to the fight against cancer.
The token three euros inscription went to the National Centre of Investigations Ontologicals (CNIO), whose communication director, Nuria Noriega, came from Madrid to attend the event. After the official 850 numbers were sold, there were still more than 50 people who decided to pay and participate anyway, and join the march.
All the participants wore a Pink T-shirt with an image that was designed for this march, by Sara González, a student of the IES La Encantá who won the poster contest. Isabel Cañadas, was a professor of Physical Education, who died last year of the disease. It was a highly charged and emotional day which drew some tears from her friends, colleagues, teachers, and students, but all were clear in their focus that the march was not only a tribute, but also a vindication of strength and support for all people suffering from cancer .
At the end of the march the students of the institute presented a short speech in memory of Isabel and of support to all the women who are fighting breast cancer. The Sports Councilor for Rojales, Pedro Llopis, pointed out that “we have been overwhelmed, as we have never seen such participation in any event ever.”