Walk the Walk, the UK's largest grant-making charity, is getting ready for its much anticipated and fantasticMoonWalk London for 2019. This iconic night-time fundraising event is held each year following the organisation's motto: Raise money, Raise awareness, Get fit and Have fun!
This year'sMoonWalk London will be starting at Clapham Common (SW4 9DE) on Saturday 11 May 2019. This year's theme is'Disco Inferno'which means the night is going to be a blast. Just like the song says:
Everybody going strong, and that is when my spark got hot I heard somebody say,
The registration fee of £49.50 is the same for either the marathon (Full Moon) of 26.2 miles or the half marathon (Half Moon) of 13.1 miles and, once you've joined the fun, you will be asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Also, participants must be 13 years of age and over to take part.
Registration is now open so once you've decided on your distance click here and sign up.
Once registered you'll be in line to receive some real goodies in your Walker Pack. Check this out, along with a welcome letter, you'll get:
A Training Guide, including training plan and advice on walking technique;
Press release form to get your local paper involved; and
Sponsor Form advising how to send in your cash and cheques.
Then, as the big night draws near, you will receive an Event Pack containing all the essential items you will need on the night:
An exclusive Walk the Walkchallenger's bra T-shirt (only available to those taking on the challenge);
A high viz cap - pink for Full Moon, white for Half Moon;
A famous bra for you to decorate;
An Event Information Guide for all the information you need for the night;
Walker Number and Bag Tag;
Weather Protector; and
Even then the goodies don't stop, there's even more! On the night you will receive:
A hot pasta or rice meal;
All the water you can drink;
Facilities along the route for once you have drunk all that water;
A gorgeous medal for you at the Finish Line;
All the support, advice and hugs you will need to get you to that Finish Line.
This is a night of spectacular fun that begins well before the starting gun as you create your own fabulous walking outfit to match this year's theme, [B]'Disco Inferno'[/B]: Seek out grandma and grandpa to borrow some of their dazzling disco outfits from the 70's and 80's (Stick with a good pair of shoes as their platform soles might be too much).
When you take on the MoonWalk London challenge you'll be wearing Walk the Walk's trademark decorated bra. Don't be shy about it, there's going to be thousands of other people proudly wearing their own uniquely decorated bras. Show the real you in how you flaunt your bra try this link for some helpful hints on how to achieve your personal exclusivity.
Need a training partner? Click here for someone to share some mutual help for motivation, advice and support before and during the night.
Walk the Walk started off 21 years ago and has now grown into a multi-million pound charity, raising in excess of £127 million for vital breast cancer causes.
The MoonWalks are Walk the Walk's flagship events and are currently held annually in London, Scotland and Iceland. The funds raised during these events are granted to aid in breast cancer research and help improve the lives of people who are living with the disease. As a result there have been some key grants for research into breast cancer over the past 21 years. To date, Walk the Walk has granted in excess of £30 million to Breast Cancer Now for a range of very specific research studies. These include The Generation Study, a longitudinal study following the lives of over 100,000 people over a period of 40 years, as well as the very important tissue research of the Tissue Bank.
Some of the other grants made so far include:
Penny Brohn UK granted in excess of £25 million since 2000;
Breast Cancer Haven to support services in London, Leeds, Hereford and Wessex;
Scalp Coolers used to prevent hair loss while undergoing their chemotherapy;
Edinburgh's Western General Hospital granted £5 million to fund a new breast cancer ward, a new operating theatre and to renovate the Mammography Unit;
Maggie's Centres have been granted in excess of £5 million to build a new centre at Gartnavel, Glasgow and Larbert, in the Forth Valley;
Tenovus, a Cardiff based charity that uses Mobile Cancer Support Units to take chemotherapy and lymphatic drainage to cancer patients living in rural areas of Wales;
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, London helps with counselling and complementary therapies to people living with cancer and their carers;
The Christie, Manchester, home of the award-winning Complementary Therapy Unit; along with
Many other beneficiaries that you can see here on the web page.
To keep up with all Walk the Walk's granting click here to check out the latest news.
If you think you would be more help in providing assistant to the walkers than walking yourself then why not think about becoming a MoonWalk volunteer? Walk the Walk volunteers have fun, share many rewarding and memorable experiences and fulfil a most important function during every event. You can become part of the backbone of these major events by providing the necessary support to the Walk the Walk Organisational Team. It's the volunteers who help every event run smoothly from start to finish by providing support, encouragement and those all-important hugs during all MoonWalk challenges. Click yourself over to here and join the essential support staff for the night.
Whatever you decide, get ready for a great night out. Join up with Walk the Walk and help save lives, raise awareness and improves fitness. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy yourself while helping people with cancer and, in doing so, help the future health of us all.