Carlos at the finish of the Estepona Half Marathon

Running Man – Carlos’ Charity Challenge!

Running to help find the cure to Type 1 Diabetes

Last Sunday, optometrist Carlos Partal from Specsavers Ópticas Marbella, ran the Estepona Half Marathon to raise money for the charity DiabeteCERO. He completed the 21km course in 2 hours, 1 minute and 33 seconds and has so far raised €393 of his €500 target.

In Spain there are over 1,000 people diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes every year, and most of those are under 15 years old. This is a growing problem, yet its cause is not known and there is no cure. The charity DiabeteCERO wants to change that by funding research projects in Spain to find the cure.

Specsavers Ópticas have pledged to help fund this important research and this is the first fundraising challenge as part of a year-long campaign.

Running a half marathon was a personal challenge for Carlos who trained hard to make sure he was ready to take on the course. He had previously run both 5K and 10K races, but this was a much bigger challenge and he was delighted to finish the course in just over two hours. Carlos still hopes to hit his target of raising €500 for DiabetesCERO and donations can be made at Specsavers Ópticas Marbella, or via the website GoFundMe.

After the event, Carlos explained , ‘Diabetes is one of the leading causes of vision loss so I’m delighted to be raising money for a diabetes research foundation and helping in my own way to try and find a cure. Sadly, we see evidence of the damage that diabetes can cause to the blood vessels in the back of the eye during eye tests.

“We often spot the signs of diabetes before customers are aware they have it, and we refer our clients to an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and immediate treatment. This is important, as timely intervention makes a big difference in the outcome.

If you have diabetes, it is important that blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are controlled to avoid irreversible vision loss.”

Carlos Partal at Specsavers Ópticas Marbella,

Carlos’ store director Nerea Galdos-Little added, ‘We’re so proud of Carlos for completing this half marathon and delighted that he’s raising money for DiabetesCERO.

Specsavers Ópticas has pledged to raise €5,000 for this charity across its nine stores in Spain during 2024. Carlos is the first person to take on a challenge and is leading the way for the other stores to follow. If he achieves his goal amount of €500, that will really help us hit, or exceed the target, as we will be collecting throughout the year in store.’

Donations can be made at Specsavers Ópticas in Marbella, on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 12, Local 5A, 29601, or via GoFundMe. You can find out more about the charity on their website


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