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Monday, September 05, 2005

Metro Life Circle Line Hike

Why I'm walking 17 miles of the Circle Line route for Cancer Charity

To the people who click on the multitude of links on the right, you may have noticed a link saying "
Support my Circle Line Hike for Cancer Charity", but if you haven't here's the deal. Me, Neil, Helene, Ann (aka pixeldiva), Mecca and some of my other friends are taking part in a 17 mile overnight walk of the Circle Line starting at around 10pm on the 16th September and finishing at 6am the following morning.

It's part of the Open House London event and so we'll be lucky enough to go on short guided tours during the walk (Custom House, St Pancras Chambers etc) and we'll get to see the sunrise or sunset from the balcony of The City Hall building. It will also be a brilliant opportunity to see famous landmarks like St Pauls, The Gherkin and Cleopatra's Needle in the small hours of the morning. If you'd like to take part or even join our team, there are still places left (email me if you would like to join our team). You have to raise at least £250 for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres by the end of this year, but it should be a lot fun (there's a pasta party at the start and a big breakfast at the finish) and it's a great way to raise much needed funds to build a new cancer centre at the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. For more information see Maggie's website.

If you're not into hiking 17 miles and would still like to see some of the sights and buildings by sunset or sunrise, as a "supporter", you can do so here.

You might also want to look at my non tube blog for the reasons why I decided to do this.

I know some of you may have charity fatigue at the moment, and working for a national charity as I do, it's amazing and kind of frustrating that very important charities struggle at times of international disasters as international charities (like the Red Cross) are more likely to grab people's attention and their pockets. But hey that's the way of the world (even as I'm typing this my boss is on the phone talking about the horrors of Hurricane Katrina).

So please spare a thought for us (or ideally a couple of quid - our fundraising pages are in the links at the start of this post) and the other 1,000 hikers who will be joining us on Friday week. Or if you are completely exhausted with charity fatigue - please mention our hike on your own blogs or websites - hopefully some of your readers may be like to donate and spread the word. Many thanks.


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