AN ARBROATH woman who survived cancer organised her first mixed charity walk last week.
The fund-raiser took place on Thursday evening and saw 156 men, women and children turn out to walk the three miles from the Harbour Tourist Information Office to Elliot and back.
Joan Finlayson (51) has organised ‘pink parades’ in Arbroath in previous years, but this is the first ‘pink and blue’ one featuring men.
The total raised currently stands at £613, but will likely increase, and each entrant paid a nominal £3 fee.
The money will be split equally between Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK. Joan said: “It’s just £3 for three miles. In this economic climate I believe you should give what you can.”
Joan explained that ‘pink parades’ traditionally take place on the summer solstice, because it is said that being diagnosed with cancer is the longest day of a person’s life.
However, this year there was a scheduling clash and Joan hit upon the idea of combining her walk for Breast Cancer Care with a similar event for Cancer Research UK.
Joan said: “I was really chuffed with the turnout, it was a good, enjoyable walk and we were lucky enough that the rain stayed off long enough for most people to get back.”
Joan decided to branch out and start her own Arbroath version when it occurred to her that she was bringing 20 people to Dundee when she could simply stage the event at home.
She said: “I thought it was a bit stupid to do it in Dundee. If I could get 20 people to bring five people each, then that’s 100 people straight off.”
Joan will probably have to inform the police of her event for next year as she hopes the event will continue to grow in popularity, she said: “Next year I’m looking to break our total of 156.”