Like the rest of the world, Catalonia is also going through one of the most difficult and uncertain moments of recent times, caused by the coronavirus SARS-coV2 pandemic, with serious consequences for public health. In this exceptional situation, and in view of the need for progress in research into Covid-19, the Board of the Foundation has taken the exceptional decision to change the theme that was planned for La Marató this year and dedicate it instead to Covid-19, moving the edition on mental disorders to 2021.
Since the start of the epidemic in Catalonia, the media of the Catalan Media Corporation have been working intensely to respond to the needs of the general public, with information, news and public awareness on all the aspects of the coronavirus crisis. Now, together with the Fundació La Marató de TV3, and with the same demanding responsibility for public service, the Corporation is putting this charity event at the service of what are the greatest social needs for health today.
In this way, until 20 December TV3, Catalunya Ràdio and the Fundació La Marató will focus their efforts on raising awareness and spreading information about Covid-19 and will appeal for public support in gathering the resources to boost progress in the research that will improve the quality and expectation of life of the people affected by this widespread disease.
In taking this measure the Board is moving the mental health edition of La Marató, announced in February, to 2021. This decision has been taken with the aim of fully safeguarding the resources and actions for public awareness, publicity and research that are necessary for La Marató with its dedication to improving the lives of people who suffer from mental disorders. The edition covering these diseases will be held in 2021, when it will coincide with the 30th edition of La Marató de TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio, which will further contribute to making it an exceptional edition.
Since 1992, La Marató has raised more than 197 million euros and has funded 872 research projects managed by 1,369 teams, with the involvement of 8,000 investigators. Thanks to generous public support, the project has become one of the main driving forces of biomedical research in Catalonia and a powerful platform for raising public awareness and publicising the diseases that it has dealt with.