The annual World Aid Walk took place on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May attracting almost a thousand walkers.
Islanders completing the 20km walk raised more than £20,000 and many braved the wind and the rain to complete the challenge.
The walk is now in its 41st year and over that time has raised more than three quarters of a million pounds for Action Aid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and the Tumaini Fund.
2011 saw the walk add locally founded charity Hope for a Child to the beneficiaries of the event and for the first time World Aid Walks also took place in Herm and Sark on 2 May.
Ipes Guernsey Managing Director, Michel Davy completed the walk himself and says, “Ipes is delighted this year’s World Aid Walk raised so much for charity, the event seems to be going from strength to strength and it was fantastic to see so many islanders taking part. The weather certainly provided a challenge but this didn’t seem to deter participants which I think is evidence of the efforts people will go to, to support the event and raise money for life saving causes.”
Through Ipes’ sponsorship every penny raised by walkers goes directly to the chosen charities.
Guernsey’s Bailiff Geoff Rowland officially started the event and said, “It’s gratifying once again to see nearly 1000 islanders of all ages keeping fit and improving their health for a range of worthy causes, providing relief and support for those desperately in need.”
Chair of the World Aid Walk Bella Farrell said, “We are very grateful to all those who took part and raised vital funds to help fight global poverty. We are delighted the walk has once again been a success and are now looking forward to next year’s event.”
Ipes will continue to sponsor the World Aid Walk in 2012.