Annual Charity Walk
Sponsored by OSP Architecture
Over 150 walkers took part in this year’s Rotary Club of Guildford District sponsored 10k and 5k walks. The event was a great success with some 30 charities represented including a number who took part for the first time. Around 28 scouts and beavers from the Ninth St Nicholas Guildford Scouts walked to raise funds for Guildford based charity the Samson Centre who provides support to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. A team from Kathryn’s House, a residential care home for the elderly in Guildford, walked to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and Crossroads Care Surrey, who provide respite breaks for carers, were also first timers.
We were delighted to welcome back many regular walkers such as RASASC, Mane Chance, Sossen, KatCanDo. Eczema Society and several others.The walk was launched by Councillor Mike Parsons, Mayor of Guildford, and participants set off from Shalford Park. Perfect weather, enthusiastic walkers and a number of happy dogs all helped to make it an enjoyable event.
Rotarian and this year’s current president, Tony Gorham, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors OSP Architecture for covering all this year’s expenses. Their financial support has meant that as a club we can do more to help good causes in our local community. We would also like to say a big thank you to BBC Surrey and the Surrey Advertiser for helping us to promote this event. We looking forward to seeing more charities and community groups taking part next year.”
Thanks are also due to the main organiser Jane Hindley, plus Peter O'Keefe, Nigel Herring and Dani Maimone, for putting the event together so well. This could only have happened with the help of virtually all our club members, their families and friends; thank you. (Some of our members however had difficulty in working out how to put up a gazebo!! - see the second photo)