1.500 corredores disputaron dos pruebas de adultos: 10 y 5 quilómetros, mientras que 500 niños tomaron parte de 4 recorridos creados especialmente para ellos. Todos los fondos recaudados irán destinados a proyectos de Dow Catalunya. Una ‘Vuelta al mundo’ que dio comienzo en las propias instalaciones del Centro de Convenciones.
Ramon Marsal, presidente de la Fundación valoró muy positivamente el hecho de que se agotaran las plazas de inscripción disponibles. Señaló que “Desde la Fundación PortAventura estamos muy satisfechos que en sólo cuatro ediciones este acontecimiento haya logrado consolidarse como un referente para el deporte y la solidaridad en la provincia de Tarragona”.
La carrera solidaria contó con dos recorridos certificados por el Comité de Jueces de la Federación Catalana de Atletismo. En esta edición, la carrera mejoró en servicios ya que todos los participantes llevaban colocados en sus zapatillas un chip de seguimiento. De esta manera, la carrera se podía seguir en directo desde cualquier teléfono móvil y también permitía ver los resultados al momento.
Más información: ‘4ª Carrera Solidaria PortAventura’
The association organises many activities such as hiking, sports, music, but how did the idea of an event as intimate as the day for Fent Amics amb Down Catalunya at PortAventura come about?
The idea was put forward in a board meeting in 2008, following a proposal from our organisation in Tarragona, Down Tarragona. Our colleagues were aware that the park was holding an event for another organisation and we liked the idea very much. We thought we could do target the whole of Catalonia and raise awareness amongst the general public. In principle, the main aim was to circulate information and raise awareness.
After several editions (this year was the fifth) we consider it vital that the event allows us to create a space where families throughout Catalonia can come together and have fun in an inclusive and participative environment. It is also the perfect occasion to project an image of people with Down’s syndrome that breaks existing stereotypes, enabling them to be part of society with equal opportunities.
The day of “Vine a PortAventura amb Down Catalunya”, which you use to collect aid for various associations and organisations working with people with Down’s syndrome, has been held for five years now. What aspects did you bear in mind to choose PortAventura as the location for your event?
Having a place like PortAventura close by made the decision easier. But in particular we evaluated the capacity of the park, its wide range of attractions and shows on offer to our families, the opportunity to participate depending on the individual interests and capabilities of each participant, and, above all, the treatment we received right from the start from the managers of PortAventura Business & Events and the PortAventura Foundation who welcomed us with great warmth, helpfulness, interest … and really made us feel at home.
The rapport between presenters Marta Romero and Meritxell Bueno was clear to see by everyone attending the occasion, what made you think of them to host this event?
The actress Marta Romero had recorded a film this summer together with a young girl from Down Lleida (Meritxell Well, the other presenter!). For this reason and also due to having a cousin with Down’s syndrome, she felt close to our cause and our philosophy and had said that she wanted to help and work with us very closely.
As the two already knew each other it was very easy to propose the idea of a joint presentation. This presentation by two people with different skills, which we have been performing regularly at our events, is very close to our philosophy of inclusion and equal opportunities for all.
The relationship that they have with each other has shown us that an inclusive society is possible if we are willing to accept it.
The dance routines prepared by the dance group Chrysali’d 22 were a lovely surprise, but if you had to choose a number one magical moment from the event Fent Amics en PortAventura, what would it be?
I think it would have to be last year’s performance of Mamma Mia! Where boys and girls with diverse abilities danced together in a spectacular demonstration filled with colour and joy. Although we also cannot forget the joint performances by Els Cracs d’Andi and the signer Pep Sala. The truth is that every year we are astounded, showing that all involved have many skills to offer their audience.
And of course, the exclusive show that PortAventura offers every year amazes us even more than the last. Every spectator can enjoy it and wait eagerly for the surprises of the next one to come!
On a day like this, it goes without saying that thanks should to the volunteers of any association for their hard work, whatever the cause. However, what are the characteristics that Down Catalunya looks for in its volunteers?
The characteristics we look for in a volunteer is someone that values a person for their abilities rather than their disabilities, but also has at the forefront of their mind devotion, respect for people and dedication. For the PortAventura event, patience is of great importance because there are so many families and sometimes it is not easy to meet their needs.
In general, for any kind of volunteering I think the person needs a sense of involvement, respect for everyone, a cheerful disposition, commitment, willingness to learn together … and above all the desire to be a volunteer .
For the fifth consecutive year, PortAventura Business & Events together with PortAventura Park will host one of the most important charity events of the year: “Vine a PortAventura amb Down Catalunya”. This socially responsible event will be held Saturday 5th October 2013 and tickets are available to the general public for the price of only 18 Euros. One of the main objectives for the day is to sell as many tickets as possible, surpassing the 5000 people who attended previous editions. The money collected will be used to cover event costs and the remaining proceeds will be handed over to Down Catalunya and its related organisations.
Down’s Syndrome Coordinator for Catalonia was founded in 2004 with the aim of helping and working for the future of people with intellectual disabilities, especially those who have Down’s Syndrome. To do this, several associations and foundations formed a joint platform that could work more effectively to improve the quality of life of people with this syndrome in Catalonia by promoting innovative and sustainable intervention and training projects and supporting research and social awareness. Their values are “Commitment” to those affected and their families, “Self-Determination and Independence” of people with Down’s syndrome, the attainment of “Equal Opportunities” and the “Efficiency” of results through networking to ensure mutual learning and enrichment of professionals’ skills.
In addition to the wide range that PortAventura Park has to offer its guests, during the morning there will be a show at the Gran Teatro Imperial starring young people with Down’s syndrome. If you wish to attend this unforgettable event with your family and friends, tickets are available from Down Catalunya (Calle Pere Vergés 1 Despacho 9-4, 08020, Barcelona) or any of its organisations. They can also be purchased in advance for collection on the day of the event by calling (932 780 811) or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).