Acompalia’s Horse Raid in February

PP Acompalia OnLAlpujarra Horse Raid team promises fun Awayday on four legs or two for Acompalia supporters

The 40 km horse-and-rider endurance event will set off from Cadiar in La Alpujarra on the morning of 7th of February, 2015. A new spectator’s itinerary now offers a great day out for supporters of Acompalia, the hospice and palliative care charity serving Granada and the Costa Tropical.

Organisers of the second annual Alpujarra Raid event due to take place on Saturday 7th February have just announced a complementary Awayday for Acompalia supporters and spectators.

“Last year many supporters told us they’d like to have their own day out while following the riders,” said Lesley O’Brien, fundraising committee member for Acompalia. “So Susan (Taffy) O’Shaughnessy from the Alpujarra Raid team and I planned this Awayday around the beautiful Raid route.” A Raffle and Sweepstake competition will be part of the fun.

Buses will leave Salobreña at 9.00 am on the morning of 7th February, heading for a ‘bacon-butty’ breakfast at the Alqueria de Morayma Hotel Rural in Cadiar; the starting point of the Raid.

The next stop is at noon at Bodegas Cuatro Vientos in Murtas, just as the first horses arrive for their break and checkup. Spectators can enjoy coffee and a tour of the Museum and Bodega. Local artisan foods and award-winning wines will be for sale, including Murtas chocolate!

At 2.00 pm, the buses will have returned to the Alqueria de Morayma ready to cheer the returning horse-and-rider teams as they reach the finishing line from around 3.00 pm. A hearty celebration lunch will be laid on by the organising committee for €12 per person, with chilli, baked potatoes and other outdoor favourites on the menu.

Winners of the Raffle and Sweepstake will be announced. Fernando Gallegos, from Lanjarón-based ‘boleros’ group, La Ley de Murphy, will serenade guests with 19th century romantic songs. Buses will leave the Alqueria de Morayma at 6.00 pm to return to Salobreña.

The Awayday will be priced at €28.00 per person, to include coach travel to and from Salobreña and along the route at €16 per person; breakfast and lunch at €12 per person. All profits will go to fund palliative-care services offered by Acompalia.

For those who would love to take part in the Raid, but don’t have their own horse, Dallas Love, who runs the very popular horse trekking service Sierra Trails, has offered a three-day riding package which includes the Raid.

The package price is €300. For more details, please contact Dallas Love at: dallas@spainhorseriding.com or call her at: 0034 608 453 802.

Full details of the Awayday are available on the Acompalia website at: www.acompalia.org (Fundraising events). You can also find details about the Raid on the Alpujarra Raid Facebook page, and on their website at http://www.alpujarraraid.com/

“We are delighted that the Raid team has put together this wonderful event again in 2015,” said Lindsay Ostervig, President of Acompalia. “Last year the Raid raised over €750 for palliative care in Granada and along the Costa Tropical.”

Lindsay outlined plans to enhance the current Telephone Helpline and Acompanions buddying service, already active in Granada and along the Costa Tropical. “We’re hoping to build the first phase of the Acompalia Centre in Motril in 2015, with facilities for training, a charity shop, and a place for families to meet,” she said.

(News/Events: Cadiar, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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