The Ipswich East Rotary Club has announced the new route for this year’s 36th Orwell Walk on Sunday 24th June.
The Orwell Walk, which began in 1977 with just a couple of hundred walkers, is now the most successful fundraising campaign for Ipswich East Rotary Club, to date raising more than £1.3m for local charities and good causes. Last year’s walk was attended by a massive 2,000 people, all raising money for their chosen charities.
Last week the donations collected by the Club from the walkers were distributed to the following local charities at a formal handover luncheon hosted by the Rotary club. This year’s President of Ipswich East Rotary Alan Forsdike said of the walk, “It’s phenomenal success is due, we believe, to the fact that each walker can choose their own charity to support, and also due to its accessibility.” “It’s a walk which caters for almost all abilities and the route takes in some of the most beautiful parts of the Orwell Estuary.”
This year’s route has changed due to the shock closure last year of Amberfield School which had been used as the start and finish to the Walk. Therefore this year, people are asked to make their way instead to Gainsborough Sports Club where there will be ample free parking and refreshments at either end of the new 2012 route. The club is also celebrating 36 years of the Orwell Walk by recently launching a brand new website which has full details of the new route, this year’s walk Sponsor – Healthy Ambitions Suffolk and also new for 2012 the opportunity to register for the walk on line via www.ipswicheastrotaryclub.co.uk.
As in previous years, the route will be split into three; a 12 mile walk, an 18 mile walk and the whole route which is 25 miles. There are regular check points along the way where refreshments are available and volunteers from both Rotary and the St Johns Ambulance are on hand to lend support to any walkers who feel they’ve reached their maximum distance and need a ride back to base.
To mark the 36th Anniversary of the Orwell Walk, attendees this year are being encouraged to wear bright colours if they wish to, emphasising the colour they bring to the charities they support. Alan concluded, “It should be a very enjoyable day for all with the new route picked out by a myriad of bright colours as the walker’s stream through the pathways along the Orwell.”
To find out more log onto www.ipswicheastrotaryclub.co.uk or call Norman Haines on 01473 215333.