Pink Ladies walk date announced


A STREAM of women dressed in pink will be walking the island’s coastline again this year as the date for the Pink Ladies’ Sunset Coastal Walk has been announced.

Nearly 2,000 walkers of all ages put on their brightest pink clothes, hats and even wigs in 2013 to raise money for the local breast cancer support group, despite damp and windy conditions.

Walk organisers Doreen Le Poidevin and Amanda Brown are both founder members and hoped women would turn out in force for this year’s event on Saturday 20 June. ‘We really want to push for the 2,000 mark again and get as many people involved as we can,’ Mrs Le Poidevin said.

‘I think everybody knows somebody that is affected by breast cancer, so it is nice for them to take part. It’s not a race or a competition, you can do it at your own pace.’

The Sunset Walk was first held in 2007 and has been every two years since.

In previous years it has raised around £90,000. All money raised stays in the island and helps with everything from the breast care unit to paying for home help for those recovering from treatment.

Many of the 2013 participants completed the coastal challenge for personal and often emotional reasons, giving them extra incentive.

Mrs Brown said it was the same this year. ‘We know a lot of patients have set themselves the walk as a goal and it is very empowering for them to do it. ‘It is lovely when you see a sea of pink along the coast and after the walk we all get together for a party.’

The walk will finish with a party in Market Square, where Market Bistro will provide food and drink for walkers and entertainment will come from an Abba tribute band.

There are two walking routes again this year. The first starts at Grandes Rocques car park and is 10.5 miles long.

The second is roughly 3.5 miles and starts at Bordeaux, with participants being joined by those from the other start point before going on to the finish line in Town.

All ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany children.

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Article and Picture courtesy of the Guernsey Press and Star

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