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IN PICTURES: ‘Brave fools’ tackle Europe’s longest zipline

A GROUP of pensioners have just returned from one of the biggest challenges of their lives, sliding down Europe’s longest zipline from Spain into Portugal.

The members of Age Concern Fuengirola y Mijas embrace life’s challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude, which was was evident in every one of the Zipline Challenge Team.

Tackling the 720 metre long zipline was not for the faint hearted. For some it was an adventure not to be missed, for others it was the moment when they faced and conquered their fears.

This was the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year and everyone was determined it would be a great success.

Last year members of the charity did a Skydive with one intrepid volunteer who leapt from a plane at 15000 feet – the highest jump possible in Europe.

This year they were determined that it would be a team event and there was no shortage of ‘brave fools’ to take up the challenge.

The group had travelled to Huelva and would take off from a hill top in Sanlucar de Guadiana in Spain and land an hour earlier in Alcoutim, Portugal (Portugal is on UK time.

The weather was a little unsettled as the “Challenge Team” gathered on a small wooden take-off platform looking down at a tiny landing site as they prepared to fly through time and space across the Guadiana river that separates the two countries.

Secretary Steve Marshall said to the participants: “You are all ‘can do’ people and a definite inspiration to others. I know we have raised in excess of €3000. This is a fantastic effort and that money will help underpin our fight against loneliness and isolation.”

David Long, 80, the Charity´s President who was also the first on the Zipline summed up the event. He said: “This has been a truly amazing challenge. We like to think of exciting ways to raise awareness of loneliness. Our message is that our lives are not over when we are in our senior years, as today’s event has demonstrated.”

When asked about next year’s fundraiser Steve and David were tight lipped. But two things are guaranteed. It will be challenging and demonstrate the charity’s approach to living life to the fullest.

If you would like to show your support for the Challenge Team you can donate at the Age Concern Charity shop in Calle Francisco Cano in the heart of Los Boliches or online at Go to the ‘’Donate’ button in the top right hand corner – enter the amount you wish to donate, and in the box provided, leave your message.


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