Countdown’s finished - MoonWalk’s here at last

Moonwalk 2011
Moonwalk 2011

There’s just over 48 hours to go till a unique charity challenge.

Dozens of Falkirk Herald readers will be joining the Edinburgh MoonWalk which aims to raise hundreds of thousands pounds for cancer charities.

Organised by Walk the Walk, in the last six years it has brought in over £14 million thanks to the efforts of 60,000 men and women who have power walked through the streets of the capital.

All the money collected north of the border stays here to provide care and improved treatment for patients.

Grants have been made to the Breast Cancer Institute in Edinburgh to renovate ward six and a new theatre at the Western General, the Breast Cancer Campaign for breast tissue banks, and Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel in Glasgow last October.

The most recent beneficiary is a new Maggie’s Centre for Forth Valley thanks to a £3 million donation from Walk the Walk. It will cut out the need for years of fundraising to pay for the development and will allow the facility to be built in the grounds of the Larbert hospital.

Since the first event in 1997, the charity has raised over £75 million – last month’s MoonWalk in London has already brought in almost £3.5 million.

Now the attention turns to Edinburgh this weekend with the event being starting in the heart of the city at Inverleith Park.

Nina Barough, organiser and founder of Walk the Walk Worldwide, said: “The MoonWalk Edinburgh is a very special night, not only for all the wonderful Scottish energy that unites in this common bond, but I love and cherish the fact that we are making such a difference to the lives of so many people with cancer in Scotland.

“Not just in the main cities but from coast to coast, it really is a night when everybody can help to make a difference, not only towards their own health but the lives of many.”

And she pledged: “It is probably the most dynamic and awe-inspiring night that you could experience.”

The Falkirk Herald team, more than 40-strong, will join thousands of other participants taking part in the event which sees them tackling either a the Half Moon course (13.1 miles) or Full Moon (26.2 miles). What makes this unique from other events is that the women – and men – will be wearing brightly decorated bras to raise awareness of breast cancer charities.

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume said: “I’m delighted that so many of our readers have signed up to take part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk. It is a tough challenge but I’m sure the adrenalin and the cheers from the crowds will help us cover the distance.”