A young man from Periana with cerebral palsy will go up to La Maroma this Sunday thanks to an adapted chair

A young man from Periana with cerebral palsy will go up to La Maroma this Sunday thanks to an adapted chair

Álvaro Molina is twelve years old and suffers from cerebral palsy. However, this resident of Periana dreams of being able to touch with his feet the roof of the province, La Maroma, with its 2,066 meters of altitude above sea level. This dream will come true this coming Sunday, when it is planned that with the help of an adapted chair and the efforts of several members of two clubs in the eastern region, they will crown this mountain, one of the most emblematic of Andalusia.

It will be thanks to the solidarity of the Perianda Club and the Torre del Mar Beach Running Club. The activity, whose organizers have baptized with the name of 'I Ascensión a La Maroma. Álvaro Molina's dream 'will consist of climbing this emblematic peak with its 2,066 meters of altitude on a Joëlette-type unicycle saddle. The objective of this solidarity initiative is to fulfill the dream of this little Perian, whose dream is to climb the mountain for the first time and be able to enjoy the views and nature in the first person.

«An activity that would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol-Axarquía, APTA, the Association for the Promotion of Tourism of the Axarquía, Ceder Axarquía, the Andalusian Federation of Mountaineering, the municipalities of Periana and Alcaucín and the San Isidro de Periana olive and fruit cooperative, "said Rafael Sánchez, the president of the Torreño club at the presentation of the event this Tuesday in the Eastern Commonwealth.

«For us it is a pleasure to be able to participate in this solidarity initiative. We are the ones who thank the Perianda Club and the Torre del Mar Beach Running Club for involving us in Álvaro's dream ", said Juan Peñas, vice president of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol Axarquía, who highlighted" Álvaro's strength, concern and enthusiasm ».

«He is a lover of nature, and those of us who know him know what he likes to work in the garden with his father or to walk with his chair in the fields, so we are happy to be able to contribute to him enjoying the exceptional views that we La Maroma offers, "he said. Peñas has also valued "the work and generosity of the eight volunteers who are going to participate in this feat."

Sánchez explained that the chair will be monitored by volunteers from the two organizing clubs that will take over during the route. The Joëlette chair is an adapted chair that can be driven on flat terrain or with little unevenness by two monitors, but this time due to the height, terrain and unevenness, they will need more people, in order to face the higher sections hardness or complication, such as ramps or steps that may be encountered during the ascent.

In this case, «the volunteers will be accompanied by young Álvaro's parents, who of course did not want to miss out on this adventure and share with their son this emotional initiative, whose goal for the future is to design a project for people with reduced mobility they can enjoy the mountains and landscapes of the Axarquía ?, Sánchez continued.

Twelve kilometers

According to José Francisco Rodríguez, president of the Perianda Club, ?this time we have designed a route that from El Álcazar de Alcaucín and after passing through the rain gauge will take us on a hard ascent to the peak of La Maroma, in such a way that Álvaro and their parents can achieve their dream of enjoying stunning views from the top, Sierra Nevada, the coast of Malaga, Sierra de las Nieves, and even Africa.

According to Sánchez's calculations, this route of high difficulty has a distance of six kilometers to the summit, and another six back. ?We calculate that we can do it in 3 or 4 hours to be back before nightfall. The relays will be every ten or fifteen minutes, and we are aware that there will be sections in which it is necessary to transport, others to push and in others to take on weight, ?Sánchez explained about this route whose difficulty is rated high.

The president of the Torreño club has indicated that "with our collaboration, we want little Álvaro to enjoy an exciting, unique and unforgettable experience, the ascent to one of the most recognized peaks in the mountaineering world." The councilor of the Periana City Council, Meritxell Vizuelte and the manager of APTA, Elisa Páez, also participated in the press conference.

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