Fishwives walk rallying call
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A BIG push is on to attract more people to join in a sponsored event in Moray.
The Fishwives Walk from Newmill near Keith to Buckie has raised around £7,000 in its first two years. Organisers want to make it three cheers with another bumper cash result.
That means encouraging more people to step out to walk, jog or run the distance.
Keith Rotary Club and the 2nd Keith Scouts are issuing a special £20 rallying call for people to help a national children’s charity and local good causes.
"We feel that’s a reasonable minimum target for participants. It’s not too much to raise from among family and friends, and some folk will raise a lot more," said Rotary spokesman Dave Carson.
"The charity element is important because the money can deliver a benefit to many people, including youngsters, but there’s also the sheer enjoyment of walking or running 11 miles."
The walk will take place on Sunday, September 20, starting from 10.30am from Newmill Hall and finishing at Buckie and District Heritage Centre.
"We know that some like to jog or run the whole route, but most see it as a walk with family or friends and even their dogs, enjoying the chat, the company and the scenery," said Mr Carson. "It’s a great day out."
The first year drew 82 entrants and last year there were 76.
"But we would like more and we hope to achieve that this year," he added.
"Around £7,000 has been raised in the first two years, which is tremendous, and we want to keep that going.
"Money has gone to Macmillan Cancer Support, Prostate Cancer UK, Keith Cancer Link, MFR Cash for Kids, and to the local Sunshine Developmental Playgroup, helping schoolchildren attend Burns Federation competitions, and St Thomas’s Primary School for equipment, and so on.
"You can see it has helped a lot of people and that’s what we aim to continue."
A national charity set to benefit this year is the Teddy Bear Foundation in Scotland, which sets out to improve the lives of children with special needs, through activities such as cycling, adventure weekends, trips to Euro Disney, riding lessons, massage sessions and turning barren school land into sensory gardens.
It has even funded advanced testing techniques on children who cannot easily be diagnosed within the NHS.
Mr Carson appealed to groups in need of help to get in touch for a share of this year’s walk proceeds.
"The money is there to be used but we need to hear from groups and others about projects they are doing which could benefit from some financial assistance," he said.
Entry forms for the walk can be downloaded from www.fishwiveswalk.org.uk, the Keith Rotary Facebook Page, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by phoning 07855708149 or 01542 882019. Forms are also available at the Spar in Mid Street, Patersons, Gleesons, Annands and Clark’s Pharmacy, Fife-Keith. The entry fee is £5.