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Charity

Juegaterapia (the name means “Play Therapy”) has been chosen as the Official Charity for the 39th edition of the Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon. Juegaterapia cheers up the lives of children with cancer so that they can forget about their disease for a while and get the chance to play just like other children.

At Juegaterapia, we are convinced that feeling cheerful is one of the factors that helps beat cancer. That is because making children smile puts them in the right frame of mind to fight the illness. To this end, we use video consoles, and remodel hospital roof terraces, corridors and halls to spirit children’s minds to more cheerful, interesting places.

The charitable donations made by runners in their entries for the Valencia Marathon, together with the donation made by Fundación Trinidad Alfonso with its contribution of €1 for each runner finishing the race on the 1st of December 2019, will be paid over to Juegaterapia.

Charitable donations from the latest editions of the race are listed below:

YEAR EDITION BENEFITING CHARITY FUNDS RAISED
2011 31st UNICEF €3,741
2012 32nd CASA CARIDAD VALENCIA €10,775
2013 33rd AVAPACE €14,549
2014 34th SANT JOAN DE DÉU – SERVEIS SOCIALS – €15,572
2015 35th FUNDACIÓN ACTIVA ESPINA BÍFIDA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA €19,947
2016 36th FUNDACIÓN DE AYUDA A NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES EN RIESGO (ANAR) €21,929
2017 37th ASOCIACIÓN ALANNA €22,783
2018 38th FUNDACIÓN PEQUEÑO DESEO €26,534

In addition, one should note that many kinds of help are given to charitable causes. The following are just some of the ways the Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon gives charities a helping hand:

€1 for each runner reaching the Finishing Line

The donation of €1 for each Finisher made by Fundación Trinidad Alfonso rewards the efforts made by those competitors crossing the Finishing Line in Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences after completing Spain’s fastest 42,195-metre circuit. So each individual’s triumph is also a victory for society as a whole, helping the least fortunate to attain their dreams. Thus the charity in each edition — this year it is Juegaterapia — receives €1 for each runner who crosses the tape.

Valencia MAPFRE Mini-Marathon

This activity takes place in parallel with the main event. It caters to the youngest runners and has been held since 2014 to foster athletics from a tender age. The Mini-Marathon (which is supported by Fundación Mapfre and the Municipal Board for Sport) boosts social involvement in the Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon. Furthermore, the Mini-Marathon not only caters to youngsters, the entry fee for the race also includes a €2 contribution per head to the Official Charity, which in 2019 is Juegaterapia.

Charity-Plus Entry

The Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon gives all runners the option of donating an extra €3, which will be wholly earmarked for this edition’s Official Charity.

Charity Kilometre

This initiative does not make a monetary contribution to the Official Charity but it does forge a strong emotional link with the trial. The Valencia Marathon has a support stand on the final kilometre of the race. From there, those working with the charity thank the runners for their donations by cheering them on to the Finish.

Apart from the foregoing activities, each edition poses a new challenge for the Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Marathon’s organisers in coming up with new fund-raising activities to support that year’s Official Charity.

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