Posted on Friday 26 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Walk Ten Belfast 2013 Local Partners

Sarah Matthews, Connect Telecom, Boost Drinks Representative, Robin Johnston, CIYMS, Suzy McIlveen, Marie Curie, Graham Cloake, CIYMS, Boost Drinks Representative, Robin Brown, Connect Telecom

Marie Curie is focusing upon bigger and better for 2013, having welcomed 1,771 walkers to Walk Ten Belfast 2012, who together raised a staggering £131,425 which helped fund 6,571 hours of Marie Curie Nursing locally.

To make this year's walk better, whilst minimising cost to the charity, key local voluntary partnerships were identified as being absolutely paramount for support. The Marie Curie team is delighted to be backed by Boost Drinks, local sporting and leisure organisation CIYMS (Circular Road, Belmont), and specialised telecoms provider, Connect Telecom.

Suzy McIlveen, Regional Events Manager at Marie Curie, "Each partnership in itself brings unique value to the event; together the collaborative approach by commercial businesses and a local sporting organisation, in support of Marie Curie, is very significant and we are delighted that each organisation has determined to support the charity in a specific and very tangible way, as pertains specifically to Walk Ten Belfast":

Boost Drinks, having supported Walk Ten in 2012 return in 2013 with a commitment to supply Boost Active refreshment to all walkers. Based on a glucose formula, Boost Active will provide our walkers with an extra spark of energy to keep them going post their 10k twilight walk, right through to 10pm when we close by paying tribute to our Marie Curie Nurses with a magical firework display.

Members of CIYMS have committed to volunteer their time in support of Marie Curie's Walk Ten, as volunteer Marshals, ensuring all Marie Curie supporters are safe and firmly on the Walk Ten route! Photographed are Tommy Andrews, CIYMS President; Director of Rugby, Graham Cloke who is spearheading the Club's support of the event, having been involved himself last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience; Richard Barnes, CIYMS General Manager and Robin Johnston, Commercial and Enterprise Manager, Blackberry, longstanding CIYMS RFC member and Assistant Coach.

Connect Telecom is an established charity partner of Marie Curie Cancer Care, with an on-going financial commitment to the charity, as well as staff taking part in numerous fundraising activities to raise additional funds. Director, Robin Brown and Marketing Manager, Sarah Mathews are pictured. Members of Connect Telecom staff will work with CIYMS in this instance as voluntary event Marshals; cementing their relationship with Marie Curie further and highlighting significant levels of staff engagement.

Together all partners have also committed to assisting the charity with marketing efforts, ensuring all their various networks, contacts and members are fully briefed about Walk Ten Belfast and encouraged to sign up, enjoy their 10k walk and fundraise in support of Marie Curie Nurses.

Tommy Andrews of CIYMS commented, "We are a charity in our own right; we have 1,600 members and are very conscious of our social responsibilities. It is ideal for us to partner with Marie Curie and collaborate locally, in an event which will see members both marshal and participate, enjoying an evening walk and entertainment whilst supporting Marie Curie, whose hospice in Belfast is less than a mile from our club. Whilst not fundraising ourselves, we can assist the charity by providing essential manpower, as well as helping with event marketing to all our members. We have a high percentage of young members, given Walk Ten is both local and clearly can be a family affair as it is accessible to all, we deem this a great fit! We are greatly looking forward to Walk Ten Belfast!"

Robin Brown of Connect Telecom added, "This was a great way of adding to our ongoing commitments with Marie Curie, whilst working with local organisation CIYMS whom we also sponsor. We are often asked for financial commitment, both from the charity as well as in sponsorship; this collaborative way of working brings a welcome new dimension and we wish the Walk Ten team every success."

Each unique 10km twilight walk is followed by a picnic and entertainment. At 10pm everyone gathers to mark the time that many of our nurses start their night shift, providing care to people with terminal illnesses and support for their families.

Walk Ten Belfast starts at 6pm; following the walk there will be entertainment, including Carolyn Stewart and the U105 roadshow, fireworks and live music.

Registration is £10 per person (children under-16 go free; on the night adult registration is £20) and everyone is asked to raise as much as possible to support Marie Curie. Raising £100 funds a Nurse for 5 hours, either at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast or in a terminally ill patient's home.

To register, or for more information, please go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/stormont or call 0845 052 4184.

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