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Friends Of Cancer Centre Call For Donard Walkers
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THE Friends of the Cancer Centre, Northern Ireland’s regional centre of excellence in cancer care, would like adventure seeking members of the public to  sign up to tackle one of Northern Ireland highest peak in the name of charity.

The Friends of the Cancer Centre’s annual 2011 Slieve Donard Challenge takes place on Saturday 10th September.

It is a chance to take an exhilarating sponsored trek, through the stunning scenery of the Mourne Mountains, and to support Friends of the Cancer Centre whose projects help cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

Colleen Shaw, Director of Friends of the Cancer Centre, says, “The thing to remember if you consider to take up the challenge is that it is not a race.  Everyone will be taking it at their own pace, and I’m sure also enjoying the company along the way as well as the scenery!

Colleen Shaw, front, Director for Friends of the Cancer Centre is pictured getting some walking and map reading practice in, in preparation for the charity's forthcoming Slieve Donard Challenge on Saturday 10th September. Also pictured are 'Friends' of the charity Sarah Lynas and her mother Lynne, who previously completed the challenge.

“The icing on the cake will be to get a bit of sunshine on the day.  Rain or shine, I’m looking forward to being part of the challenge.

“It’s not just the views of the Mournes that makes this challenge attractive, so too is the work funded by Friends of the Cancer Centre.  The charity makes a real difference to cancer sufferers and their families right across Northern Ireland by funding important research, equipment, treatment and patient comforts and care.  Like thousands of others, I want to help continue its good work.”

The Slieve Donard Challenge sets off from the car park in Donard Park and follows the Glen River uphill through old woodland of Scots Pine, Oak and Birch.  After crossing a stile, participants follow the track above the river for about 2kms, heading towards the saddle between Donard and Commedagh, after which participants can set their sights on the ultimate goal of the summit of Slieve Donard.

The registration fee for this Challenge is £10 and there are limited places available. Participants are encouraged to try to raise a minimum of £50 through sponsorship.  Under-18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For further details and online registration visit, or contact the ‘Friends’ fundraising office on 028 9069 9393 (you can make debit or credit card payments via telephone.)