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HELP US CELBRATE OUR 25TH ANNUAL WALK

2023 will be a fabulous year to join us on our annual Round Island Walk. Not only will it deliver a tremendous day taking in our wonderful coastal scenery and provide you with the satisfaction of taking part in Guernsey’s most challenging sponsored walk, but this year you will be helping us celebrate two major milestones. Our 2023 walk will be our 25th Round Island Walk and happily it coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of Rotary in Guernsey, since which time it has continued to serve the community of our Bailiwick. Don’t forget, if you are planning to undertake the walk in full or in parts with friends or work mates our relay team registration is also open. In March we will be launching once again our ‘Guernsey Family Walk’. An opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a slightly more leisurely walk down the East Coast, yet still enjoying the fun of being part of our 25th celebrations at the Finish in the heart of St Peter Port’s harbour front. CLICK HERE now to secure your registration and be part of one of Guernsey’s most longstanding public sponsored events  …  and enjoy wearing our, now famous, bright orange walk shirt. Please help us by spreading the word. Let’s make our 25th Walk very special day – for those directly involved and for the charities in our Bailiwick that we will be helping. See you there!

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2022 Presentation evening

On Tuesday 23rd August over 70 people representing charities, walkers, sponsors and guests gathered at Government house for the annual presentation event for the Saffery Rotary Walk 2022. 17 charities were presented with their cheques and 5 awards were also handed out to individual and team walkers for various achievements on the day. The 17 local charities who were supported by the walk in 2022 are listed below. The award recipients were:- Youngest walker – Harry Wallace Oldest walker – Peter Walker Most sponsorship raised by an Individual walker – Steve Clark Most sponsorship raised by a team – KPMG The Peter Walker award for endeavour – Ruth Mahy The Saffery Champness Selfie prize – Louise Breen Congratulations to all the benefitting local charities and award winners who were presented their cheques and prizes by the Lieutenant-Governor Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB. CBE. The Lieutenant Governor and Mrs Cripwell were thanked for letting us hold our presentation evening in Government House. Make sure 10 June 2023 is in you diary for the next Saffery Rotary Walk! The charities to benefit from the generous support of participants in the 2022 Saffery Rotary Walk are: Action for Children’s Guernsey Youth Housing – starter kits for young people moving in to training flats Autism Guernsey LBG – ‘Social eyes programme’ helping people on the autism spectrum to develop social understanding and why it is necessary to learn social skills at all Carers Guernsey LBG – IT equipment and set up to enhance the operation of the help they provide to unpaid carers in the community Dyslexia Day Centre – train a teacher to deliver the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme and for a photocopier which is so important for lesson content for what they do at the Day Centre Girlguiding Guernsey – help with additional equipment costs because of related Covid arrangements and uniforms for those who would not otherwise be able to be in uniform Grow Limited – plant trolleys to move heavy plants around site Guernsey Arts – facilitate the delivery of Art Projects for young people from 6-17 years old who reside in and around Les Genats Estate Guernsey Dynamics Football Club – help these footballers who have a variety of disabilities to compete against similar teams Guernsey Hockey LBG – launch Walking Hockey to make hockey available to those who are less mobile Guernsey Neuro Concern LBG – equipment needed to help islanders suffering with neurological issues Guernsey Sailing Trust LBG – sailing dinghy suitable for younger children Island Scouts 5th Guernsey – repair roof of their premises so that the building can be brought back to use Liberate – a quiet space during the Pride event in September St John Ambulance Guernsey LBG – a specialised Airway AED Mannikin for training volunteers and the public St Mary & St Michael PTFA – towards a sensory garden in the school grounds The Ron Short Centre LBG – create 5 IT booths for the IT Training Lounge for at the Ron Short CentreVive La Vallette LBG – a ramp for assisted access to the Ladies Pool for those less physically able

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17 Local Charities to benefit from the 2022 Saffery Rotary Walk

17 Local Charities to benefit from the 2022 Saffery Rotary Walk 17 Guernsey charities have been selected to benefit from the money raised from this year’s Saffery Rotary Walk, to be staged on 11th June 2022. They represent a diverse cross-section of the wide range of charities supporting people in Guernsey and encompass sport, social care, healthcare, arts and leisure and more. The full list is shown below. Simon Milsted, the chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk’s organising team says: “The committee received a large number of applications from community good causes doing excellent work to support islanders and it is always difficult to decide which ones will benefit each year. For 2022 we have selected 17 charities with a wide variety of projects. We know that there’s been increased demand for the third sector’s services over the past two years and that support will continue to be needed. Those behind the charities work selflessly for others and we hope that the support we can give them from the sponsorship our walkers raise will help bring to fruition projects that will make life better and easier for a number of islanders.” Since its inception 25 years ago, the Saffery Rotary Walk has raised more than £850,000 for local charities. Last year was a record breaker, with more than 1,000 participants raising a record amount. One individual raised an incredible £12,000 but the sponsorship that every walker raises is valued. It is hoped that this upward trend in walker numbers and money raised will continue this year. The early bird registration discount for individual walkers has been extended by a month to 28th February 2022. This is to give potential walkers from Guernsey, the other Channel Islands and the UK more time to assess the Covid situation before applying. Simon Milsted continues: “I want to say a special thank you to our sponsors Saffery Champness, because they shoulder the organisational costs of the walk. This means that all of the money raised by our walkers and those that sponsor them goes to the local charities we select. This is an exceptional commitment from them and everyone on the walk team is very grateful.” Lisa Vizia, a director of Saffery Champness, says: “It’s an honour and an important responsibility to sponsor the Saffery Rotary Walk because it does so much for the Guernsey community. Those who take part, and I really hope we have another record breaking entry, share a unique camaraderie as they support each other along the 39 mile route. At the same time, they’re raising money that will be shared among a varied and very worthwhile set of local charities and good causes that all work to make our island home a better place to live. The annual Walk is very much at the core of what we at Saffery’s see as our contribution to wider island life.” The 2022 Saffery Rotary Walk on 11th June takes in 39 miles of Guernsey’s coast line, beginning and ending on the St Peter Port seafront. It takes walkers south first, along the entire length of the cliff paths. It is ranked among the best charity walks in the UK for its stunning views and sense of camaraderie. The theme of this year’s walk is Welcome Back, a reference to participants from further afield, and perhaps locals too, who’ve been unable to take part because of the pandemic. Registration is very much open, and individuals, relay teams and families are encouraged to sign up and make the walk another record breaker. The charities to benefit from the generous support of participants in the 2022 Saffery Rotary Walk are: Action for Children’s Guernsey Youth Housing – starter kits for young people moving in to training flats Autism Guernsey LBG – ‘Social eyes programme’ helping people on the autism spectrum to develop social understanding and why it is necessary to learn social skills at all Carers Guernsey LBG – IT equipment and set up to enhance the operation of the help they provide to unpaid carers in the community Dyslexia Day Centre – train a teacher to deliver the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme and for a photocopier which is so important for lesson content for what they do at the Day Centre Girlguiding Guernsey – help with additional equipment costs because of related Covid arrangements and uniforms for those who would not otherwise be able to be in uniform Grow Limited – plant trolleys to move heavy plants around site Guernsey Arts – facilitate the delivery of Art Projects for young people from 6-17 years old who reside in and around Les Genats Estate Guernsey Dynamics Football Club – help these footballers who have a variety of disabilities to compete against similar teams Guernsey Hockey LBG – launch Walking Hockey to make hockey available to those who are less mobile Guernsey Neuro Concern LBG – equipment needed to help islanders suffering with neurological issues Guernsey Sailing Trust LBG – sailing dinghy suitable for younger children Island Scouts 5th Guernsey – repair roof of their premises so that the building can be brought back to use Liberate – a quiet space during the Pride event in September St John Ambulance Guernsey LBG – a specialised Airway AED Mannikin for training volunteers and the public St Mary & St Michael PTFA – towards a sensory garden in the school grounds The Ron Short Centre LBG – create 5 IT booths for the IT Training Lounge for at the Ron Short Centre Vive La Vallette LBG – a ramp for assisted access to the Ladies Pool for those less physically able

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A look back at 2021

A look back at last year’s record breaking year from the air, courtesy of Buzz (You can see the latest Buzz video on the home screen!) https://safferyrotarywalk.org.gg/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SRW-4k-1920×1080-1.mp4

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10 top tips for a 39-mile challenge

A number of employees from sponsor of the Saffery Rotary Walk, Saffery Champness, are taking part in this year’s round-island challenge, and operations manager Chris Russell has some important tips for walkers tackling the 39-mile route. Chris has completed the walk 10 times which is a fantastic achievement and with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to finish he has 10 top tips for this year’s walkers. Practice makes perfect It may sound obvious but training and preparation are essential. In the weeks leading up to the walk be sure to take part in practice walks of varying lengths and in the week before rest and stock up on those all-important carbohydrates to fuel your body. Think on your feet This means think about your footwear. 39 miles are tough on even the hardiest of feet so sturdy trainers that fit well are a must. It’s also worth investing in some decent socks. It’s all about timing Registration opens at 4.30am at the White Hart and with hundreds of people registering there can often be quite a queue. Try arriving between 4.30 – 4.45am when the queue has started to die down. Pace yourself Pacing yourself is very important. If you’re walking with friends who have a faster pace then consider meeting them at the next checkpoint instead of trying to keep up. Stay hydrated Guernsey Water will be providing standing water pipes along the coastline for walkers to refill bottles with fresh water. If you find yourself feeling thirsty it’s a sign of dehydration so be sure to keep yourself topped up with fresh water. Don’t go hungry Keeping fuelled is equally important and snacks will be available at the various checkpoints around the island. There’s a number of rubbish and recycling bins around the course so be sure to throw away any litter responsibly. Pack the essentials Make sure the walk is as comfortable for you as possible. Sun cream will help protect you against the sun, Vaseline can help relieve any chaffing, and it’s not too pessimistic to pack a rain coat. Remember there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes. Stay on track Each walker will have been sent a booklet ahead of the walk which includes information on the route. It’s important that walkers check in at each checkpoint so organisers can keep track of all walkers. Keep cool Once you’ve completed the walk make sure you spend time cooling down and stretching to relieve a build-up of lactic acid. It’s a long way to walk and you should be prepared to be stiff for a couple of days afterward Not your bag? A huge amount of equipment will be moved around the route of the walk including personal walker’s bags. At each checkpoint there will be a section for ‘bags in’ and ‘bags out’. It’s important to move your bags accordingly to make sure it stays with you throughout the walk. The Saffery Rotary Walk committee would also like to remind people to look out for noxious weeds that will inevitably be growing along the cliff paths. If walkers do come in contact with sap from Hogweed (Cow Parsley) the advice would be to rinse any parts of your arms and legs that could have been exposed to the sap thoroughly with water as it can cause third degree burns when exposed to sunlight. A total of 20 local charities will be supported at this year’s Saffery Rotary Walk and anyone who raises over £200 will automatically be entered into a prize draw. There is also a prize for the most funds raised by an individual and a team. Saffery Champness has supported the walk since 2014 and volunteers from the firm will be manning the finish line to congratulate people on completing the mammoth task. Saffery Champness director Lisa Vizia said: “We are proud to support one of the largest charity events in the island that has supported so many local charities over the years. As a firm we are committed to giving back to the Guernsey community and a number of employees not only take part in the event but volunteer their time to ensure the event is a success.” The Saffery Rotary Walk takes place on Saturday 9 June and individuals can register online until the 7th June with registration available on the day at a fee of £35.00.

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