Rugby star Niall O’Connor and DJ and presenter Carolyn Stewart have donned their walking shoes to encourage people across Northern Ireland to sign up and take part in Walk Ten for Marie Curie Cancer Care this year.
The 10k walks are being held at Stormont Estate on 31st August and at the Ulster American Folk Park on 17th August. The events aim to raise as much money as possible to allow Marie Curie to continue to provide free nursing care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their homes and also at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.
Whether taking part on your own, as a family or as part of a group of friends, the events are open to everyone across Northern Ireland. Each event begins at 6pm and will be followed by exciting activities throughout the evening including fireworks, live music and picnics to celebrate the work of Marie Curie Nurses.
Registration is £10 per person (children go free) and everyone is encouraged to raise as much as possible to support Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Walk Ten Stormont Estate. Friday, 31st August 2012
The Stormont Estate is an iconic venue for Walk Ten, taking in Stormont parliament building and Stormont Castle. The Walk takes people through forested areas as well as open gardens, with picnics on the lawn to finish.
Walk Ten Omagh at Ulster Folk Park. Friday, 17 August 2012
The idyllic walk at the Ulster America Folk Park will follow the world famous Irish emigrant trail as people journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.
Suzy McIlveen, Events Manager for Northern Ireland at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “Walk Ten is a wonderful occasion, giving people the chance to walk 10k in stunning surroundings, but also to recognise the dedication of Marie Curie Nurses. There’s a festival atmosphere at the end of every walk, making it a fun evening to spend with friends and family. Last year, Walk Ten participants helped raise over £400,000 for the charity, enabling Marie Curie Nurses to provide 20,000 hours of free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the Marie Curie Hospice. We hope as many people as possible will sign up for the Walk Ten events in Belfast and Omagh to help even more terminally ill patients and their families.”
Commenting on his support for the Walk Ten events, rugby star Niall O’Connor said: “We have all been touched by cancer and it is so important to continue to raise funds for Marie Curie to enable them to provide the first class free nursing care that we rely on. I’d like to encourage everyone to sign up to these twilight events. It’s a great way to have a fun evening with family and friends whilst raising money for such an important cause.”
To register for your nearest Walk Ten or for more information, go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten or call 08700 340 040.