El Camino: Lisbon to San Sebastián

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El Camino: Lisbon to San San Sebastián, 3 July 2023

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We raise funds for Rif Mountain communities to improve healthcare and education


In the summer of 2022, I walked 800km from the small French border town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, completing the 'French route' of El Camino de Santiago. I polished off that trip with an extra 150km to the Galician coast. From the very east of Spain to the very west of the country, I managed to walk 950km. I figured I had to better that this year...

So instead of doing one Camino route this year, I'm doing two! Starting in Lisbon, the plan is to walk the 600km+ along the 'Portuguese route' north to Santiago de Compostela. However, instead of stopping there, I am planning to carry on along Spain's north coast down the 'Northern Route' to San Sebastian. Essentially the plan is to cover half of the coastline of the Iberian peninsula - from the south-west of Portugal to the north-east of Spain. A rough estimate makes that about 1500 km - which is longer than the famous Land's End to John o'Groats trek.

The school I work at, Swans International School in Marbella, does a lot of work with several charities, but we have a particularly strong relationship with the charity Rifcom, thanks to the efforts of former teacher Anne Smyth, Rifcom supports the impoverished communities in the Moroccan Rif Mountains and does plenty of work funding things from basic aid to helping establish better infrastructures for the communities, plus much, much more. I will be raising money for Rifcom to help continue the excellent work they do in the Rif mountains. You can read more about Rifcom here

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RifCom is a non-profit charitable organisation run by volunteers from Gibraltar and Spain. We are committed to making a real difference to our neighbouring communities in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, living within our sight and yet living in poverty. Our Aims at RifCom •ouraimsTo make a positive contribution to a developing world community in education, health, sport, cultural exchange and environmental conservation; •To inspire communities to partner with RifCom and establish projects that encourage ownership, responsibility and sustainability from the local population; •To introduce initiatives that generate sustainable income for the local communities in rural tourism, business enterprise and co-operatives.

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