Walk the Walk, the UK's largest grant-making charity has organised its fantastic MoonWalk London again this year. If you would like to take part then get your registration started here and then present yourself at Clapham Common (SW4 9DE) at 8.00pm or 9.00pm depending on which event you're taking part in, on Saturday, 12 May, 2018.
Join in all the fun of the walk beginning with some creative thinking to make sure you are dressed according to this year's theme, 'Wild West London': now there's an opportunity for some inspired haute couture! Some care should be taken if you plan to pack a couple of 45's on the night, plastic might be the go-to fit in with health and safety and lighten your load as you power walk your way through the West.
When you make your registration you can select which of the walks you want to join:
Half Moon (13.1 2 miles); or
Full Moon (26.2 miles).
The cost of entering either walk distance is £49.50 and, once you're involved, 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.
Once you're registered you'll be in line for some real goodies in your Walker Pack. Along with a welcome letter, you'll also get:
A Training Guide, including training plan and advice on walking technique;
Press release form so you can get your local paper involved; and
Sponsor Form advising how to send in your cash and cheques.
But there's more! Before the event you will receive an Event Pack containing all the essential items you need on the night:
An exclusive Walk the Walk challenger's bra T-shirt (only available to those taking on the challenge);
A high viz cowboy hat - 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
If you think that's all you're going to get – hang on, 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;
Incredible entertainment, an event like no other; and last on the list but most important
All the support, advice and hugs you will need to get you to that Finish Line.
For 2018 the night's entertainment is being headlined by Kelly O'Brien's, Dolly Parton Tribute who's been heard to say, "I'm having a great time supporting Walk the Walk and the amazing MoonWalk London on 12th May, encouraging loads of people to sign up! If you want the hat, you've got to Walk the Walk! Come on down and support this fantastic charity. As Dolly would say, if someone doesn't have their smile on, give them yours." Kelly will be there on the night helping walkers Line Dance their way to the start in what should be the largest Line Dancing group ever seen in the UK.
What are you waiting for? Here's that link again – register now! It's not every day you get an opportunity to power walk your way through London at midnight dressed for the Wild West and wearing a decorated bra as you raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Yes, that's what I said, a decorated bra. All you cowgirls and cowboys will be wearing bras when you take on the MoonWalk challenge. This is Walk the Walk's trademark and a major reason these events manage to raise so much awareness and money for such vital causes. If you're feeling a bit shy, don't worry, there are going to be people of all ages, shapes, sizes and genders proudly wearing their individually decorated bras on the night. Show everybody the real you with your own uniquely designed bra – try this link for some helpful hints on how to achieve your personal exclusivity.
Walk the Walk will even help you find a training partner. Click here and find someone who you could help, or perhaps, they could help you to stay motivated, give advice and support as well as help you stay safe on the night and chat away the miles.
The serious side to this night of fun is the fundraising. For over 20 years Walk the Walk has developed into the UK's largest grant-making breast cancer charity having raised in excess of £122 million. The MoonWalks are central to Walk the Walk's fundraising as well as being spectacular events providing bags of fun to a lot of people.
Walk the Walk funds raised during events such as The MoonWalks are granted to aid in breast cancer research and to help improve the lives of people who are living with the disease. Some of the many grants Walk the Walk has made to organisations and research activity include:
Breast Cancer Now's, The Tissue Bank and The Generations Study;
Research into Triple Negative and Secondary cancers;
Penny Brohn UK, Bristol;
Maggie's Cancer Centres, Scotland; and
The Haven in London and Leeds.
If walking long distances is not for you 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.
Over 2,000 wonderful volunteers form the backbone for running these events and provide the necessary support for the Walk the Walk Team. It's the volunteers who ensure every event runs smoothly from start to finish. Volunteers provide the support, encouragement and those all-important hugs during all these MoonWalk challenges. Click yourself over to here and join the indispensables.
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.