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Mad Hatters mingled with White Rabbits, Cheshire Cats and Pink Flamingos in Edinburgh this weekend to celebrate a decade of incredible fundraising at The MoonWalk Scotland!
Thousands of women and men wearing decorated bras inspired by this year’s theme “Mad Hatter’s Midnight Tea Party”, set off in the cold and wet at Midnight on Saturday from Inverleith Park, to Power Walk through the streets of the capital, raising money and awareness for breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.
Before one step had even been taken by the crazy mix of Wonderland characters, over half a million pounds had already been raised – adding to an incredible total of £18 million since the first MoonWalk Scotland in 2006. Most of the money stays in Scotland, helping to improve the lives of people with cancer.
Legendary Scottish band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers ramped up the party atmosphere in Walk the Walk’s Pink Palace, playing for Walkers before they set off on one of four challenges: New Moon (6.55 miles), Half Moon (13.1 miles), Full Moon (26.2 miles) and Over The Moon (52.4 miles).
With a walking distance for every age and ability, whole families were
able to experience a night of fun and a bit of MoonWalk magic! Walkers aged from just ten years old are able
to sign up for the New Moon, with this year’s youngest MoonWalker celebrating
their own tenth birthday just two days before the event.
Iconic landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and the Melville Monument lit up pink throughout the night to give all the walkers a huge collective hug. A number of specially commissioned bras were also on display at The MoonWalk Scotland, designed by Maggie’s, Young Scot, Paths for All, Essential Edinburgh, City Cabs and Liggy’s Cakes, all uniting with Walk the Walk against breast cancer.
Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk said: “The energy of everyone at this fantastic birthday party was just amazing
and the rain was not going to stop a good MoonWalk! It was incredible to see Edinburgh lit up
pink, in honour of our wonderful Walkers, and I was overwhelmed by the kindness
of people on the streets, coming together to provide a constant supply of support,
snacks and drinks. I found it really moving standing on the finish line of the
New Moon, seeing all the faces of young children, who were especially delighted
because they had persuaded their parents to take part. What a night!”
Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are." Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Over the past 10 years almost 100 thousand Walkers have MoonWalked their way around glorious Edinburgh raising over £18 million... Walk the Walk has already invested millions of pounds back into Scotland to help improve life for those living with cancer now. The past 10 years have been busy... we have worked with NHS Lothian to fund the renovation of the breast ward, mammography unit and built a new operating theatre at the Western General in Edinburgh.
We have worked closely with Maggie’s and granted millions of pounds to support the building of a new centre in Lanark, fund a centre for them at Gartnavel in Glasgow, and a centre in Forth Valley, which is about to be built. We feel very proud that Walk the Walk money has helped Maggie’s to provide their invaluable service to every area of Scotland, so that all cancer patients are within a 20 mile radius of a Maggie’s Centre.
And if that wasn’t enough we have also placed Scalp Cooling equipment in hospitals from as far north as Stornaway to the borders in the south. These wonderful machines are giving cancer patients the choice of successfully helping them to keep their hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy. Whilst it is not a life saving treatment, the impact for many of being able to keep their hair has a very positive effect on healing, recovery and the day to day impact of living with cancer.
We could not do any of these wonderful things without your help, we have plenty to celebrate, so were having a party!... The MoonWalk Scotland 2015 - June 13th - Inverleith Park, Edinburgh. Join us for The Mad Hatter's Midnight Tea Party
Taking part in The MoonWalk is me giving back a little to those who walked before me and who raised astounding amounts of money.Money raised has helped us develop our department into one where patients can feel looked after and in safe hands. This is really important. There is never a good place or a good time to hear that you’ve got breast cancer but having a facility like ours, thanks to the wonderful Walkers and Sponsors, it makes the start of the journey seem like one that’s achievable. We can all do so much if we all walk in the same direction!" Mandy Stewart
Upon hearing that Walk The Walk were main contributors to the new Maggie’s at Forth Valley, Larbert I wanted to make 2015 a good year for me. This will be my third year doing The Full Moon in Edinburgh, seeing the sunrise and the disco bus is just amazing, so for me The Full Moon is the only option. I was privileged enough to be invited along to the groundbreaking of the new Maggie’s centre and found it a very humbling experience. Coming from Stirling area, where Walk The Walk isn't really heard of has made my fundraising so much easier this year, being able to tell people Walk The Walk have been the major contributors to the building being built means so much more to the people in our area for sure" Sandra Curl
As a walker Edinburgh was magic! The volunteers were brilliant, dedicated and motivating – thanks to everyone of you, we can not do it without you. Edinburgh people are also inspiring with their support.
Last year, when I was 12, I heard about the New Moon. I really wanted to take part. On the night everything made me feel so special, the atmosphere was so friendly and exciting. In Moonwalk City my mum and I got a massage, had some food, and danced until we began our journey through Edinburgh. I remember walking up towards the castle - it was lit up pink - and everything feeling so magical. I will treasure that memory. I am over the moon to be taking part again in this amazing event this year! The New Moon is a simple, fun thing to raise money for something that is definitely not fun and simple" Alice Ferguson, aged 12
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