Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Head to Donegal for the Wig Walk

Heather Walsh is looking forward to the Wig Walk
Heather Walsh is looking forward to the Wig Walk

Bangor woman Heather Walsh is calling on people from North Down to step out for a good cause this Autumn as part of the Friends of the Cancer Centre’s annual Wig Walk.

This year’s event, which will take place at Downings, Donegal, on Saturday October 2, will see participants walk 10 miles along the Atlantic Drive — one of the most beautiful coastal areas on the island — to support the centre as well as the projects it funds which help cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland.

A big issue for many cancer patients is the loss of their hair through cancer treatment. All Wig Walk walkers are therefore asked to wear a wig to show their solidarity and support. Wigs and T-shirts are provided for the walk.

Heather, who completed the 10 mile walk last year and is looking forward to this year’s event, said: “The walk really is family friendly, suiting walkers of all abilities and it offers such fantastic views as you go that the time seems to fly by.

“It's a great day out and I would urge as many people as possible to come along this year to Downings to give it a go.

“Part of the craic of the day is that everyone sports a wig,” said Heather, adding that some of the Donegal hotels may offer discounts to visitors participating in the Wig Walk.

The registration fee is £5. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 through sponsorship. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. For further details visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com, or contact coordinator Sean McMahon on 077 4098 5082 , or the ‘Friends’ fundraising office on 9069 9393.

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