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Thousands of Santas stage Madrid charity run for volcano-hit La Palma

Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus took part in a charity run through Madrid on Sunday (December 19) to raise money for victims of the volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma.

“Everything that we do for that place (La Palma) is not enough,” said 40-years-old military emergency unit (UME) member Abel San Perez.

In La Palma thousands of people have been evacuated, at least 2,910 buildings have been destroyed and the island’s economically vital banana plantations have been devastated due to Cumbre Vieja eruption.

Decked in red and white outfits, the runners set off to a flurry of fake snow along the Paseo de la Castellana, a major boulevard through the city centre.

Some runners swapped Santa’s traditional red trousers for more sporty shorts, while many wore face masks.

“We have to try to be careful, especially close to Christmas,” said Teresa, taking part in the run with her co-workers.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began spewing streams of molten lava in September, but scientists said last week the eruption could be coming to an end.

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