Get The Boots on for Action Cancer

Action Cancer's Katie Cunningham launches Trek Cuba 1st - 10th April 2017. For more info call 9080 3369 or email trek@actioncancer.org
Action Cancer's Katie Cunningham launches Trek Cuba 1st - 10th April 2017. For more info call 9080 3369 or email trek@actioncancer.org

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer, are looking for supporters in the Ballymoney and surrounding areas to strap on their walking boots and sign up to the charity’s newest trekking adventure, Trek Cuba 1st – 10th April 2017.

The only charity in Northern Ireland to provide free breast screening have twenty places available for anyone eager to explore this amazing county and raise sponsorship by taking on this exhilarating 70km trek in the Sierra del Escambray mountain range.

Participants will challenge themselves to walk up to 18km per day through terrain of forests, orchards, gardens and spectacular waterfalls, all with beautiful views. The trek ends in the old-sugar growing, colonial center of Trinidad, and the group will then join the salsa beat of Havana for some free time before heading home. Overnights are spent either basic 2 star hotels or camping along the route.

Alongside this incredible experience, trekkers are asked to raise vital funds for Action Cancer’s range of local cancer prevention and support services which costs £4m annual to provide. The charity’s unique breast screening service is available to women aged 40 – 49 and over 70 who fall outside the NHS screening range (50-70). Action Cancer also provide therapeutic support in the form of counselling and complementary therapy to those living with cancer or supporting a loved one with their diagnosis and this is available to both adults and children from age 5. A peer mentoring service is also available for people dealing with their diagnosis. In addition, the charity have an excellent Health Promotion programme providing education and awareness on how to minimise the risk of cancer through practical health and lifestyle choices and M.O.T. health checks. All of these services are available from Action Cancer House in Belfast and regionally in selected venues across the country. Breast screening and health checks are available regionally on the Action Cancer Big Bus, supported by Supervalu and its independent retailers.

Action Cancer Events Officer Leigh Chamberlain commented, “We are a local charity and receive no government funding so rely entirely on the generosity of the Northern Ireland public to fund our vital services. Participants on our overseas challenges always having achieved something great as well as making a strong group of new friends. Whether you want to walk in support of a loved one or just want to set yourself a challenge for 2017 get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. We are asking each person to raise £3,500 which will provide 43 mammograms for women in Northern Ireland so people can really see the impact they will have on their own community by taking part.”

Each fundraiser will be fully supported by the Action Cancer team, who will offer advice and assistance with fundraising activities. Registration for the trek costs £100

For an information pack contact call 028 9080 3369 or email trek@actioncancer.org