Registration for the World Aid Walk this year opened earlier this month, as the event organisers prepare to celebrate its 48th year.
With a new route in store, and the Herm route also available again, fingers are being crossed that the weather will be improved on last year's event.
"Feedback from previous years has shown that families found the stretch from Vazon to Beaucamps disheartening. The route will now miss out this section and instead take walkers through the pretty lanes from Cobo to Saumarez Park," Roger Browning, member of the organising committee, said.
"We hope this alteration will make the World Aid Walk more enjoyable and family-friendly."
The World Aid Walk also said it was delighted to welcome Guernsey-based charity This Is EPIC to the list of beneficiaries. This Is EPIC is focused on implementing Village Savings and Loans schemes in communities in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The other four charities for which the event will raise funds are ActionAid, Christian Aid, the Eleanor Foundation and the Tumaini Fund. All of these have a strong Guernsey presence and representatives from each are on the organising committee of the World Aid Walk.
Louise Smith, new Committee Member and Co-Founder of This Is EPIC, said: "There is a strong synergy between the charities, as they all look beyond Guernsey’s shores to target countries where many people live in extreme poverty. The focus of each charity is slightly different but our aims complement each other really well."
"Sarnia Hotels and Specsavers are confirmed as key sponsors for 2018, and the committee is also grateful to the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission for once again agreeing to match the funding raised by those participating in the 2018 event, offering up to £5,000 per participating charity," a spokesperson for the committee said.
"This decision reflects its recognition of how much part of island life the World Aid Walk has become since its inception in 1970 and the huge difference the funds raised by countless walkers since then has made to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world."
You can register for the 2018 World Aid Walk on Monday 7 May at www.worldaidwalk.org.gg and follow the links to register.
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