We are delighted to announce that the Guernsey Community Foundation has confirmed that our hardworking Walk Committee has been shortlisted for the “Best Organising Committee” award in this year’s Community Awards to be held at St James Hall on 31 October.

The awards organisers said:

“The Saffery Rotary Walk is now more than 20 years old and is arguably the most prominent and iconic charitable event in the Guernsey calendar. As a pre-eminent fundraising effort it is recognised and respected by many charitable organisations and indeed their sponsors – not only those that have been beneficiaries in the past but those which hope to benefit in the future. Over the last 20 years around 7,000 people have participated in the Walk and more than £600,000 has been raised for local charities.

2017 has been a truly record breaking year in the history of the Walk, with funds raised of £85,430, 28 charities benefiting from money raised, over 900 walkers taking on the 39 mile challenge, and the widest possible inclusion of walkers from the Guernsey community.

This year saw a new partnership with the Guernsey Disability Alliance which provided their members with a customised check-in, lower fee, and choice of three different routes, all of which crossed the finish line. Other innovations were the Race Nation walker scanning, the introduction of walking in relay teams and “Walking in memory” of a former walker.

While the Walk takes place on just one day each year it is not surprising that behind the scenes a highly energised and dedicated committee is working year-round to organise, plan, refresh and innovate. This ensures that the Saffery Rotary Walk remains top of mind, aspirational and inspirational for hundreds of islanders and an increasing number of off-island participants. The committee’s work never stops and takes a large number of people many hours to organise through-out the year. A network of more than 75 volunteers are also invaluable on the day of the walk itself.”

We are all very excited about the event – fingers crossed!