More charities than ever before will benefit from funds raised at this year’s Saffery Rotary Walk.

After receiving a record 34 applications, a total of 18 local community projects will receive money raised by walkers who participate in Guernsey’s only around-the-island walk.

The walk’s organising committee, made up of representatives from the Rotary Club and sponsor Saffery Champness, had the difficult task of selecting which applications would benefit from the overall funds raised.

The selected projects for 2016 are:

  • Autism Guernsey – supporting the organisation’s “Social-Eyes” training programme
  • Drug Concern – supporting a two peer support programmes for adults (over 18) who are affected by drug or alcohol use
  • Floral Guernsey Foundation – supporting the ‘La Vallette Challenge’ to restore the site
  • GSF Mental Health Fellowship – assisting with the cost of organising a Christmas Dinner in 2016 including vouchers for service users
  • Guernsey Air Cadets – purchasing training and first aid equipment together with equipment for outdoor activities
  • Guernsey Cardiac Action Group – supporting with the installation of three more Public Access Defibrillators at Saumarez Park, Bordeaux Kiosk and Cobo Bay
  • Guernsey Contraceptive Service  – assisting with costs of rebranding the charity’s  website and the replacement of office furniture
  • Guernsey Cricket Board – funding the Community Cricket Coach on a two week long course to attain his ECB Level three Performance Coach certificate, allowing him to mentor other local coaches for the overall benefit of the island’s juniors
  • Guernsey Disability Alliance / Access4All – supporting the organisation’s project to ensure that Guernsey is accessible and assisting Access4All with its project to  educate islanders through improved leaflets, websites, social media and workshops
  • Guernsey Group of Riding for the Disabled – supporting the supply of new and updated equipment for use at La Carriere Stables during riding lessons
  • Guernsey Mencap – supporting the refurbishment of four units of accommodation to be used by individuals with learning disability who are able to live independently
  • Guernsey Sea Cadets Corps – purchasing a replacement training sailing boat, RS Quest
  • La Societe Guernesiaise – funding to develop the ‘digital layer’ in the Guernsey Digimap allowing all conservation activities in Guernsey to be logged and followed
  • Liberate – assisting the organisation with its long list of projects and support systems to include, inform, reform and support the LGBTQ community, their families, friends and colleagues
  • St James – contributing to the replacement of an old Windows server and migrating systems to a Cloud services solution
  • St John’s Residential Home – purchasing 10 commodes and extra hoist slings for patient comfort
  • St Martin’s Primary School PTA – helping to facilitate walking and cycling to school though the upgrade of its cycle facilities
  • The Guernsey Bereavement Service – supporting the cost of two volunteers to obtain a diploma in counselling

Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said: “Every year the impact that the Saffery Rotary Walk has on the local community increases as we support more and more organisations that provide important services for islanders.

“Our focus now is to ensure that all the walkers who sign up to do the full 39 miles or even just part of the walk raise enough funds as possible so that we can guarantee funding to  all 18 of our chosen charities.”

The Saffery Rotary Walk is one of Guernsey’s largest annual charity fundraising events and this year takes place on Saturday 11 June.

This year’s walk has also seen the introduction of a brand new relay team option, consisting of a maximum of seven participants.

Last year’s event saw more than 400 walkers taking part in the 39 mile around the island walk raising £46,301 for 11 local charities.