Posted by: braddenvillage | April 29, 2012

Moonwalk (overnight in London 12th /13th May) and the Sunwalk (1st July, also in London).

Moonwalk & Sunwalk

How it all started

Walk the Walk came into being 15 years ago when just 13 women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money  and awareness for breast cancer. What started out as a one-off fundraising event, has blossomed into a thriving multi-million pound charity, raising to date in excess of £75 million for vital breast cancer causes.

The charity was founded by Nina Barough who at that time ran her own production company. Nina woke one morning with what seemed like a ‘fun’ idea to Power Walk the New York City Marathon in decorated bras to raise money for a good cause. What makes the beginning of this story so magical is that Nina at that time had no experience of fundraising or taking part in a marathon nor did she know anyone who had been affected by breast cancer.

In November 1996 the dream became a reality, and after much training and fundraising,13 courageous women took to the streets of New York in their bras. In truth they were all signed up for a fun weekend in New York however it resulted in the team raising over £25,000 which was then donated to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research to contribute to them building the first dedicated centre for research into breast cancer.

Word soon got around and people started to call Nina  asking if they could join her next walking challenge. Due to her work commitments it was doubtful if that would happen, but then fate intervened.

In January 1997, only 2 months after the adventure to New York, Nina not only discovered she had breast cancer herself but that it was an aggressive tumour, which she had most probably had for about 3 years. As a result her world was thrown upside down as she had to give up her business and embark on a programme of treatment including a mastectomy followed by radiotherapy, with a 2 year course of Zoladex injections and Tamoxifen. As is often the case in difficult times, those around her felt very helpless so it seemed that at the height of the Spice Girls and Girl Power, to encourage a team to Power Walk the London Marathon would be a really positive way of supporting her.

The 1997 London Marathon was another huge success for the Walkers raising in excess of another £25,000. Only 3 days after the marathon the first Walk the Walk auction was held to sell their bras that had been designed by celebrities such as Paul Smith, Mary Quant, Richard Branson and many more. Only days later Nina was admitted to hospital to begin her treatment.

In the spring of 1998, Walk the Walk entered its second team into the London Marathon.  25 Walkers claimed their place, however there were 25 who were not so lucky. Not wanting to disappoint them or waste their hard earned  fundraising or training, Nina decided to create a one off marathon for these girls. The intrepid 25 grew to 65 and, on the eve of the London Marathon, they set off at midnight on Saturday with the intention of completing their marathon by 7.00am Sunday morning and passing on the ‘baton’ in Trafalgar Square to the girls that would be walking the official event. Nina and a girlfriend actually completed both The MoonWalk followed by the London Marathon, a total of 52.4 miles within 24 hours… The MoonWalk was born!

As a grant making charity, it means that everybody taking part in their challenges is raising money for Walk the Walk. The charity then looks at various projects and campaigns that are involved with breast cancer and grants funds to where we know it will make the most difference. It is our policy to look at projects that perhaps would not easily find funding, and to those that would perhaps take many years to achieve their goals and assist them in reaching them in a shorter time. We support research, which we feel is our future, and certainly over the past 13 years some ground breaking research has been made, not only into the causes of breast cancer but also identifying cancer genes and consequently improving the treatments. We also fund emotional and physical support for  those that have cancer now.

Our flagship events are The MoonWalks in London and Edinburgh, and The SunWalks in Newcastle, Bristol and Southampton. We also organise trips and walking adventures to other events throughout the country  and indeed the world,  encouraging people to keep taking on new challenges and to keep them motivated.

 Moonwalk – 26.2 miles overnight in London on 12th and 13th May

Get ready were going to be ‘Rockin’ around the World’ in honour of all the visitors that will be coming  together from all corners of the world next year!

And to celebrate our 15th year of MoonWalking and a record year for fundraising … it’s bouffant hair and blue suede shoes, or you might want to show your true colours and be  loud, proud and patriotic… anything goes, we hope it will inspire lots of creative bras and even the most retiring walkers to let their hair down, get their bras on and, as always, unite together in a common cause and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie that is unique to this challenge…

Sunwalk – 1st July in London

Our daytime challenge for all the family will be held in Battersea Park (it’s where The MoonWalk started!)

Take on a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon challenge. It’s a day for friends, family and everybody you know to do something wonderful together, not only will you be getting fitter, you will be making a real difference for vital breast cancer causes!

With our theme of the day being ‘Completely Tropical Experience’ there will be lots to keep you entertained!

About us:

This year, Pat & Neil Hipkiss will be taking part in the 26.2 mile Moonwalk (overnight in London on the 12th /13th May) and the 13.1 mile Sunwalk (during the day of 1st July, also in London).

We are supporting Walk the Walk, a charity raising money and awareness for treatment and care for Breast Cancer (HRH Prince Charles is the patron).

If you would like to sponsor us please log on to http://www.walkthewalkfundraising.org/team_hipkiss or if you just want to find out more about the amazing work the charity does, put “walk the walk” into your search engine of choice and browse away.


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