Have your ‘bras’ at the ready as Belfast prepares to turn pink on Friday 05 June 2015, for The Bra Walk, Action Cancer’s 10k walk in aid of the charity’s life-saving breast screening service.
This brand new Action Cancer walk is proudly supported by principal sponsor SuperValu and Dowds Kitchen and Bedrooms (DKB), and will begin at Belfast City Hall at 7pm. Action Cancer are encouraging men, women and children of all ages to come and take part in the fun-filled family event, helping to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for the charity.
Bras will be the theme for the evening, the bigger, the bolder, the better! Have your sequin and glitter at the ready to personalise your own official t-shirt for The Bra Walk, with prizes on the evening for the best.
The £12 online registration for The Bra Walk is now open and Action Cancer is encouraging participants, where possible, to raise a minimum amount of £80 in sponsorship, the cost of a mammogram to the charity. Everyone who registers will receive a free goodie bag and a t-shirt.
Dougie King, Head of Fundraising at Action Cancer said: “By getting involved in this special sponsored walk you are guaranteed a fun evening, as you raise vital funds for Action Cancer. The only charity in the UK and Ireland to offer free breast screening to women aged 40 – 49 and over 70, those who fall outside the NHS screening age range (50 – 70). The charity’s digital mammography equipment can detect cancer in its early stages when treatment can be more successful. Therefore we need your support now more than ever to continue on with this work and help save lives.”
In the 2014/2015 year Action Cancer broke all previous records, screening 10,000 women for breast cancer, and will strive to screen 10,000 women again in 2015/16.
Dougie added: “We ask that each participant if possible could please raise sponsorship of £80, because this is the amount it costs Action Cancer to provide a breast screening for one woman. Every week throughout the year we are screening so that we detect, reassure and support women.”
All the money you raise will go directly to help women in your local community. For every 1,000 women screened, an average of five breast cancers are detected – hopefully at an early and treatable stage. This is only possible because of the continued, generous support Action Cancer receives from the general public and organisations in Northern Ireland.
Donna Morrison from SuperValu said: “We are delighted to support The Bra Walk and would encourage families and friends from across Northern Ireland to get involved in this fun event. SuperValu has been supporting Action Cancer’s Big Bus for nine years, which brings a free breast screening service to 220 locations throughout Northern Ireland. By lending support to The Bra Walk it is a great way to raise awareness of this live-saving service as well as an opportunity to get fit, walk in memory of a loved one or support someone going through breast cancer. Spread the word and encourage your bosom buddies, family and work colleagues to bring their ‘best’ bras and walking shoes to walk 10k with you this June!”