25th Jun 2022 @ 10:47 am

The health workers who worked to bring Lanzarote through the worst of the Covid pandemic were yesterday awarded with the title “Conejeros of the Year” by the island’s Rotary Club.

The award was accepted in their name by Canarian Health Minister Blas Trujillo and the director of the Dr José Molina Orosa Hospital, José Luís Aparacio, at a ceremony held outside the hospital.

Trujillo congratulated the health professionals for their “extraordinary efforts and professional labour during the worst moments of the pandemic,”, and highlighted the success otf the vaccine programme on the island.

Cabildo President María Dolores Corujo said the health workers had “fought the pandemic with generosity and dedication, calming and dispelling our fears. We are aware that they were stretched to the limit of human capacity for too long, for which they deserve all our respect and recognition.”

The Rotary Club’s Conejero of the Year award is presented annually to a person or group of people who have performed exceptional service to the island. Previous recipients include César Manrique and Ironman pioneer Kenneth Gasque. Conejero, which means “rabbit hunter” is the generally-accepted nickname for Lanzarote islanders in the Canaries, based on the island’s historical trade in rabbit skins.

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