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Second sponsored walk is a stunning success

Second sponsored walk is a stunning success

Monday, 19. November 2012 - 10:45

By  Jim Fox

It was on the 20th October 2012,early  on a bright sunny morning, a number of  stalwart members of Guadalmina International Rotary Club, with family, friends and dogs,  met at the charming Rural Hotel Jarales for a fun day out in the Istan countryside. Their purpose was to have great day out whilst having a fund raising walk through,  what the organisers advertised,  as "Secret Istan."  Anyone who knows Istan realises that a walk in the countryside will involve many steep ascents and, often more disconcerting, thrilling descents for the happy trekkers.  The routes were planned so as to test the walkers fitness, and at the same time give them a fascinating view of the stunning variety of landscape found in Istan,  not normally seen by travellers in cars or buses.
The first impression to  the visitor is that Istan  is on the barren rocky edge of the mountain "la Concha"  but when you descend into the deep valleys around the town you realise why the town is there.  Water permeates through the porous rock of the mountain, but emerges as pure,  clear springs which enables the town's inhabitants to grow all manner of fruits in in their thriving orchards.  The Rotarians walked along the river courses, through close packed cultivations of avacados, figs, pomegranates, oranges and carob - taking numerous photographs.    
The walk ended back at the Hotel Jarales where our hostess, Paqui,  provided us with a fantastic lunch of rural dishes for which she is renowned.
A little footsore, maybe, the group toasted each other for their efforts and began to count the monies we had received so far in sponsorship.  It appeared that at that time we had collected about 2000 euros,  but there was more to come when all the pledges were collected.  One of our members, our past President, pledged that his company Church & Co. Ltd would add 1 euro for every 4 euros raised by members!  In addition, he had collected 1000 euros in sponsorship, so the grand total was 3418 EUR!
The trip was a great success, with  the members left asking where the next sponsored walk will be;  obviously they had not been worked hard enough!  Next year beware!

You can see pictures from the walk in our gallery.