Women to get in the pink again for sunset walk

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WOMEN are being asked to think pink and get walking again this summer. Today the Guernsey Press can reveal the launch of the Pink Ladies' Sunset Coastal Walk 2009, which will take place on Saturday 20 June and raise funds for the Pink Ladies breast cancer support group and Les Bourgs Hospice.

The walk, which is again being backed by the Guernsey Press this year, will be in celebration of the life of Anne McMillan, one of the co-founders of the group and the woman who helped create and launch the first ever Pink Ladies' Sunset Coastal walk in 2007.

Mrs McMillan died in November aged 56, but her friends and fellow Pink Ladies co-founders Doreen Le Poidevin and Amanda Brown, have organised another walk with the support of friends, family and other group members.

'I asked Anne whether she would mind me organising another walk in her memory and she said she would be honoured,' said Mrs Le Poidevin.

'I hope this year's walk will be as well-supported as the one which took place two years ago.'

Back then more than 2,000 women walked from either Grand Rocques or Bordeaux into Town and raised in excess of £100,000 for lymphoedema, a painful side-effect of breast cancer treatment.

'We could not have raised so much money if we had not had the support of so many women who took part, or their friends and families who sponsored them,'

said Mrs Le Poidevin.

'This year's walk, as the one we organised in 2007, will end with a party in The Square in Town decorated in pink with live music and food.'

There are two routes. The first starts at Grand Rocques at 6pm and is approximately 10.5 miles-long. The second is 3.5 miles from Bordeaux at 8pm, which will be joined by those from the first walk to finish in Town.

Mrs Le Poidevin said one of the most memorable moments of the event in 2007 was seeing a mass of women dressed in pink walking along the coast at sunset.

'We never expected so many to turn up. We have been able to help so many more women because of the support from islanders who took part.'

Registration and sponsorship forms are available on our centrespread today.

They can also be downloaded from the community section of the Guernsey Press website at www.thisisguernsey.com or from the Pink Ladies' website at www.pinkladies.org.gg.

Forms can also be collected from the Guernsey Press reception in Braye Road, the Breast Unit, Bulstrode House, Les Bourgs Hospice and Les Bourgs Hospice shops at the Bridge and Mont Arrive.

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