You may have noticed that Lambeth is missing something very big, and very pink this week! It’s the magical pink tent used by cancer charity Walk the Walk, to stage their iconic night-time fundraising challenge, The MoonWalk London!
The MoonWalk London 2020 was due to take place this Saturday, 16th May. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event, like so many, has been postponed until further notice. But cancer continues undeterred and with the growing need to raise funds, Walk the Walk is planning a celebration, but not just any celebration, this is a grand ‘MoonWalk Celebration Road Trip’, virtual of course!
On Saturday 16th May, Walk the Walk will be setting off (virtually!)…as the crow flies and heading first to Edinburgh in honour of The MoonWalk Scotland on 6th June. From there the Road Trip continues to Iceland (venue for The MoonWalk Iceland) and the finish line for the Grand MoonWalk Celebration on 13th June. A total of 1,190 miles; it is not often that you can say you are walking from Clapham Common to Iceland!
Walk the Walk are encouraging people to sign up for this virtual challenge, which will take place over 29 days. The goal is to get as many people to Iceland as possible – for every 1,190 miles clocked up by walkers, that’s one more person reaching the virtual finish line in Iceland on 13th June!
It is free to join the fun, and fundraising is optional, but every penny raised will enable Walk the Walk to continue making a difference to those living with cancer, when they need help most. This is an opportunity for people across the UK to virtually come together, whilst we are apart, and help those with cancer.
If the MoonWalk London is new to you, you may be interested to know it has been a much loved and permanent fixture in the capital’s fundraising calendar for over 23 years, with Clapham Common hosting the start and finish of the event since 2014. Walkers – women, men and children, of all ages – gather together to enjoy music, entertainment and the charity’s famous fun-filled warm up, before setting off at around Midnight, on their chosen walking challenge of a half or full marathon through the streets of London.
Everyone taking part is encouraged to wear Walk the Walk’s trademark, brightly decorated bras, which raises a huge amount of awareness for breast cancer. Over the years, Walk the Walk has raised more than £133 million, mainly through The MoonWalk, but also its other walking challenges. Money is then granted across the UK to fund vital research into breast cancer and also to help with the emotional and physical needs of those living with cancer.
Why not join in – for more information about The MoonWalk Celebration Road Trip, how to choose your challenge and daily distance go to https://walkthewalk.org/challenges/celebrate-the-moonwalk-road-trip. This is for everyone, to unite together for those with cancer and to have some fun!
Lambeth is looking forward to welcoming The MoonWalk London back to Clapham Common as soon as possible…and we can’t wait!.
For more information about Walk the Walk, go to www.walkthewalk.org
All images from Walk the Walk