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Students from Tecnun organize a solidarity race for the benefit of association against Cancer of Gipuzkoa.

José Antonio Zelada, student promoter: "We are here to help those next door. Not for us."

PhotoPaulaBerroa/Leire Goenaga, Warren Dave, Inés López, Ester Jové and José Antonio Zelada prepare to run against cancer.

04 | 04 | 2022

Easter vacations are just around the corner and the students of Tecnun José Antonio Zelada, Ester Jové, Inés López, Leire Goenaga and Warren Dave Santiago feel they still have a lot to do to make the second edition of the solidarity race "Por otra Sonrisa, corre contra el cáncer" (For another smile, run against cancer). On April 22, 23 and 24, the event will take place in La Concha Beach with three different routes and for the benefit of association Against Cancer of Gipuzkoa .

However, it is possible to participate from any city by registering the kilometers run in the Rock The Sport application. The team's international outreach means that the race is reaching different parts of the world and there are already registered runners from cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona and even the Philippines and Guatemala, as the students point out. "We are spreading the word and asking people to come and help us," they say.

Fifteen engineering students are immersed in the project and all agree that the University should be an experience of formation of the person. "Being a helpful person and concerned about the problems around is an important part of this formation. Those of us who participate are very aware of this and we don't mind investing this time in others, because we are also investing it in ourselves, in training ourselves in a proactive way," reasons Ester Jové.

Leire Goenaga and Inés López emphasise the learning process involved in organising an event of this nature: "We learn to work as a team, to take on responsibilities, to delegate them, to talk to sponsors, to carry out procedures such as the management of permits... You take many new things with you".

For the university students, the race has a dual function: to collaborate with research into the disease and to transmit that you can help from where you are in what you have within your reach: "The race comes to tell you to think about your neighbour, about anyone who passes in front of you and whom you can help. That's what we are for. We are not for ourselves", reflects José Antonio Zelada, one of the students behind the initiative.   

"Collaborating with the association Against Cancer of Gipuzkoa financial aid us too. Cancer is a reality that unfortunately we have close to us and we want to make visible that there are people who do not have the resources to pay for treatment," insists this young Guatemalan.

Jové maintains that "the simple gesture of signing up and running 3 kilometers is already a lot, even if you do it walking, because you are doing your bit. In cancer research is needed because there are many affected and a financial aid always comes in handy". 

Warren Dave Santiago is known as the artist of the group, as he is the student who has prepared the race's signage because, as he says, "I wanted to make available to others what I know how to do": "Doing it for a good cause is the best opportunity I can have".

"When we see the people running, the Concha Beach full of blue T-shirts... we can think: 'We didit ourselves'. And it's a cool and gratifying feeling," they say with a smile on their faces.

It is worth mentioning sponsorship de Alzola, Cuétara, Todo Todo supermarkets , the Cosmos academy in San Sebastián, as well as the La Perla Thalassotherapy center , whose voucher will be raffled among the participants.

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