Take Giant Steps for charity

Calling all keen walking enthusiasts. Action Cancer have launched their 2016 Giant's Walk due to take place on Saturday, September 3.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 6:58 am

The picturesque Giant’s Walk, which is now in its 12th year, follows a stunning route along the Causeway coastal paths.

The walk starts off from the award winning Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre making its way along the Causeway finishing at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

The route is just over 10 miles and passes along a fabulous coastal route, walking via landmark sites including the beautiful sandy beach at Whitepark Bay, Dunserverick Harbour and then through Ballintoy Harbour, both of which have been made famous by the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

There are some challenging pathways, but the breathtaking views make it all worthwhile. Every twist and turn in the path revealing spectacular new scenery. The half way point at Dunseverick Castle is a welcome site and the perfect picnic spot for a well-deserved lunch break.

The walk will start at 10am on Saturday, September 3, with registration open from 9.15am. There will be free car parking facilities at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Quarry Car Park) and a bus will transport walkers from there to the beginning of the route at The Giant’s Causeway.

Fundraising Events Officer Arlene Creighton said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for walking lovers or anyone who enjoys a scenic walk to get out in the sunshine, meet new people, breathe in some north coast sea air and help support your local cancer charity.

To date the Giant’s Walk has helped raise over £150,000 towards Action Cancer’s lifesaving services – so by getting involved and taking part you too can help Action Cancer to continue to save lives in your local community.”

The £12 online registration for The Giant’s Walk is now open and Action Cancer is encouraging participants to raise a minimum amount of £80 in sponsorship, the cost of a mammogram to the charity. Everyone who registers will receive an Action Hero t-shirt and certificate on the day.

The money raised from the walk will help Action Cancer to save lives and support people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland.

It is now predicted that one in two people will be given a diagnosis of cancer at some stage in their lives. Action Cancer provides a range of vital, life-saving services including breast cancer screening, men’s MOT health checks, health promotion, research, counselling and complementary therapies. Services are available regionally through the mobile facilities on The Big Bus and at Action Cancer House in Belfast.

Action Cancer does not receive any government funding and needs to raise at least £4 million a year to continue its services. Therefore, your support and participation at this event will be very much appreciated.

For further information on the event and an information pack, including registration form, map and sponsor forms, please email [email protected] or contact Action Cancer’s Events Team on 028 9080 3379.