Fundraising update!

June 2024. Thanks to your contributions, our T-Shirt sales, and partner donations, Bear Carnival has become Gold Sponsor of Checkpoint Canarias, our local charity (more info below).  Our bear community has donated 1.200 € this year to this free STD testing and prevention centre in Maspalomas. 

See certificate of “Gold” sponsorship 

Would you like to top up our contribution?

Our Partner charity

Our past charitable efforts have included from reforestation of our forests to local food bank supplies, to help for Ukrainian refugees. From 2023, we decided our main contribution to a happy bear community will be related to health, and specifically sexual health.

We are happy to continue our partnership with Checkpoint Canarias, a new, free and much-needed STD testing and prevention centre in Maspalomas, led by our local LGBT+ community by means of ABSICAN association.

ABSICAN stands for Sexual Well-Being Association of the Canary Islands. Their team is opening this permanent, fast and free STD testing and prevention centre in Maspalomas, just 150 metres away from Yumbo Centre. Site has been secured, volunteer medical staff is ready and supplies are on the way. But our help and your donations will be needed to keep it running!

Checkpoint Canarias addresses the pressing need in Maspalomas for:

  • free, fast and anonymous STD diagnosis
  • friendly sexual health care
  • blame-free advice on self protection and best practices

Even when every  sexually active person could benefit from this, we all know gay/bi men are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted diseases, which are still considered an stigma. For this reason, these men are sometimes reluctant to seek assistance from regular health services and family doctors. That’s why major gay events in Gran Canaria, such as Fetish Pride and Bear Carnival are stepping in, asking visitors to give a hand at fundraising events, and informing on this new helpdesk for them.

How can you help?

The bulk of the contribution from our bear community comes from the money raised during Mister Bear Gran Canaria event, topped with a part of the income from our official T-shirts and all money from unclaimed items. So attending that event or buying an official tee is a simple way to contribute to the well-being of our community. Thank you so much!

Euronordic Clinic
Apartamentos Buenos Aires (behind Yumbo Centre)
Avenida 8 de marzo
35100 Maspalomas
See in Google Maps

Legal registry of ABSICAN:
Asociación de Bienestar Sexual Integral de Canarias

Registro No. G1/S1/26183-22/GC
CIF G72918881

Please click below to access Checkpoint Canarias website: