The organisers of Guernsey’s World Aid Walk are walking the walk to ensure a safe route is found for next year's event.
Bella Farrell Chair of the World Aid Walk says, “Following last year’s walk a number of concerns were raised about how busy the traffic was on the route especially when the walkers were walking all at once at the beginning of the walk. As safety is of paramount concern to us we took the decision to review the route and make all the necessary preparations for a safe walk.”
“We have been liasing with Sgt John Tostevin from the Guernsey Police who has been fantastic in mapping out a safer route for us and helping by pledging some support on the day to back up our marshals. It really has been a team and community effort to ensure the walk goes ahead and is as safe as possible.” Bella Farrell concludes.
The World Aid Walk Committee has decided to do a trial run of the new route ahead of finalising the preparations. The planned new route is the current route in reverse starting and finishing in Market Square, St Peter Port.
Action Aid, Christian Aid, Hope for a Child, Save the Children, Oxfam and The Tumaini Fund all benefit from the funds raised by walkers. Each charity has its own projects earmarked that the funds from the walk will go towards.
Sgt John Tostevin says “The Guernsey Police has the Community at heart of everything we do and when we heard the World Aid Walk were having difficulty with their route we were more than happy to assist and use our road safety knowledge to protect the future of this popular island fundraiser.”
Ipes will sponsor the walk for the 13th year meaning every penny raised will go directly to the benefiting charities. Ipes Guernsey Managing Director Michel Davy says, “We are delighted to once again be involved with the walk and are excited by the walk taking on a new lease of life with the new route being planned.”
The 2013 World Aid Walk will take place on Monday 6 May 2013 and more details on how to register will be released next month. For more information visit www.worldaidwalk.org.gg.
Pictured, L to R: Candice McGeoch Ipes, Lesley Bailey Herm, Marie Maclure Christian Aid, Bella Farrell Chair World Aid Walk, Sue Falla and Cathy Boscher Save the Children, Sgt John Tostevin Guernsey Police.