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The rowing team achieves its first international challenge: covering the distance between Benidorm and Venice by rowing

Anemone conquers Venice with an oar

19 May 2024
La última etapa ha discurrido por aguas de Venecia

The goal was to raise funds against breast cancer.

In the final stage, they have travelled the 32 kilometres of the famous 'Vogalonga' that runs through the canals of the Italian city

Thirty women from the Anémona Marina Baixa rowing team, the Self-Help Group for Women Affected by Breast and Gynecological Cancer of Benidorm and the region, have today crowned a new solidarity challenge, the first of an international nature, after covering the stroke of a row the 3,200 kilometres that separate Benidorm from Venezia and finish the last stage, 32 kilometres long, rowing through the canals of this Italian city.

'Per te Venezia' is the name they have given to this international challenge, in which in addition to the Anémona rowing team, staff from the Benidorm Nautical Club have also collaborated, as well as the first deputy mayor, Ana Pellicer; and the councillors of Equality and Sports, Ángela Zaragozí and Javier Jordá, who have also joined in to participate in the challenge along with other councillors of the Municipal Corporation.

The challenge has continued throughout the last month, in which they have covered most of the route in stages rowing through the bay of Benidorm, directed by their coach Ramón Garrigós. Yesterday, Saturday, the entire expedition travelled to Venice, where they also took two 'llaüts' from the rowing teams, the Santa Anna and the Sant Antoni, to finish this challenge there today, in situ. Furthermore, it has been “multitudinous and memorable.”

As the president of Anémona, María Botella, already explained, this last stage was devised by making it coincide with the famous 'Vogalonga 2024', a 30-kilometer test that runs between Venice and Burano, which was born in the mid-70s to Raise awareness of the detrimental effects of motor boats on the canals. In this way, in addition to its sporting aspect and to raise funds to support various research on breast cancer, this new adventure for Anémona has also had an environmental aspect.

Regarding its solidarity contribution, Anémona has contributed an amount of 6,000 euros to this challenge. In comparison, each of the participants has also voluntarily donated another minimum of 100 euros to the challenge, which added other collaborations from sponsors and sponsors. All the money raised will be donated to Geicam, the leading group in breast cancer research in Spain which is made up of more than 900 researchers who work in more than 200 centres throughout the country to try to stop this disease.

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