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MoonWalk goes virtual for 2021

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The popular fundraising event will take place in June, with walkers taking on their own routes

A popular fundraising event is going online for 2021.

Whilst walkers may not be uniting in Holyrood Park and swathing Edinburgh in pink for this year’s MoonWalk, they will be taking its kaleidoscope of colours and funky disco theme far and wide, as people of all ages and abilities step out into towns and villages across Scotland and the UK. With four different power walking distances - 6.55 miles/ 13.1 miles/ 26.2 miles/ 52.4 miles – for this year’s event, there really is something for everyone, from the absolute novice to the ardent walker, all walking towards raising £1 million for cancer.

Nina Barough CBE, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk, organisers of the MoonWalk, said: “The MoonWalk Scotland is such an iconic highlight of Walk the Walk’s year, creating an incredible buzz across Edinburgh and filling the streets of the city with colour and fun. For the health and safety of our supporters and fundraisers, we’re unable to meet at Holyrood Park this year, but Covid-19 cannot stop cancer, and it’s not stopping us. I’m just so excited that we are gathering such wonderful support and that supporters are uniting in their own areas, for our first daytime Virtual MoonWalk Scotland.

“We are thrilled that fundraisers can now walk together in small groups, creating the wonderful camaraderie that brings, and to help raise £1 million of much needed funds. Due to the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had on those living with cancer, this will allow us to continue providing vital support where it is needed most, to frontline cancer services. Thanks to walkers putting one foot in front of the other, we’ll be able to make more grants to charities like Cancer Support Scotland, who received £20,000 from Walk the Walk to fund their vital online support services.

“We know that many people doing a little bit can be a powerful force …so let’s generate that power across Scotland and the UK in true Walk the Walk spirit!”

Meanwhile look out for MoonWalkers on 12 June, who will be wearing the unique Walk the Walk ‘bra T-shirts’, and creating an inspirational movement across the country. Walkers are being encouraged to decorate their disco-themed decorated bras, and attach them to their bum bags as a sign of unity and support as they take on their challenges.

Whilst The MoonWalk is traditionally held overnight, as Walk the Walk is not there to look after everyone, this year there will be various start times during the day, to be confirmed closer to the date. All walkers and supporters should observe government social distancing guidelines during their own Virtual MoonWalk Scotland.

To sign up for The Virtual MoonWalk Scotland or to make a donation visit the website.



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