Canal walk­ers ready for next char­ity chal­lenge

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STU­ART PIKE

AN an­nual canal walk which raises tens of thou­sands of pounds for good causes re­turns next month.

The Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary Club char­ity walk, now in its 13th year, raises a min­i­mum of £30,000 per year and since it started 12 years ago a to­tal of more than £400,000 has been col­lected.

The 2018 Char­ity Walk, on Sun­day, May 13, will of­fer peo­ple the choice of a 10K or 5K route. As in pre­vi­ous years the 10K walk will take walk­ers along the Leeds-Liver­pool canal and through to Great Har­wood be­fore re­turn­ing to Pe­tre Road Busi­ness Park.

The 5K route will take walk­ers through Rish­ton and Great Har­wood be­fore re­turn­ing to the start po­si­tion.

Added at­trac­tions this year in­clude a samba band, foot­ball skills, and the chance to meet a ‘stormtrooper’ (or two or three).

There will also be a state-of-the-art po­lice car.

An­nounc­ing these events will be a town crier who will en­sure ev­ery­one is kept in­formed, while DJ Nev will keep things lively through­out the day.

Walk or­gan­iser Ro­tar­ian Cath Heap said she was pleased to have been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the leader on this pres­tige event.

She added: “With­out doubt since it started many years ago it has been a huge suc­cess. I wish to thank mem­bers of the walk team who are now very much in­volved in the plan­ning of this walk. Also I am grate­ful that all club mem­bers and many Friends of Ro­tary will be very ac­tive on the day.

“In ad­di­tion this event is very much a com­bined Ro­tary walk as mem­bers from eight East Lan­cashire Ro­tary clubs will be in at­ten­dance dur­ing the du­ra­tion of the walk act­ing as stew­ards. Cer­tainly this is Ro­tary at its best!”

The only change to this year’s event is that the start and fin­ish will be moved from Junc­tion 7 to the Pe­tre Road Busi­ness Park - ap­prox­i­mately 200 yards fur­ther up Black­burn Road. The start­ing time is 9.30am.

All monies raised by the walk­ers go di­rect to the char­ity or good cause of their choice, which means every penny goes to the nom­i­nated ben­e­fi­ciary.

En­try is £6 per per­son (£8 on the day), £4 for stu­dents and chil­dren un­der­12s go free.

Hot food and re­fresh- ments are avail­able along the route as well as at the start and fin­ish.

For more de­tails and book­ings visit ro­tary­walk.org.uk or call Stu­art Duhan on 01254 433501.

The an­nual Ro­tary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle’s char­ity walk takes place next month

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