Wanted: volunteers for Edinburgh MoonWalk

Now in its 12th year, the MoonWalk needs volunteers to help out on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Now in its 12th year, the MoonWalk needs volunteers to help out on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
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Volunteers are being sought for an annual event which sees thousands take to the streets of Edinburgh to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

Now in its 12th year, the MoonWalk sets off at midnight on Saturday and sees competitors travel up to 26.2 miles – the same distance as a marathon – wearing decorated bras.

Organisers are looking for those with a few hours to spare who are willing to work as marshals, in the baggage tent, manning water stations or even handing out medals.

Eighty thousand people have taken part in the MoonWalk in Scotland since it was set up, helping to raise almost £20 million. Most of the money raised from the event stays in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with cancer now.

Peter West, who lost his mother to breast cancer, has volunteered for the past seven years.

He said: “I really enjoy seeing walkers making their way up the Royal Mile. It is such an iconic landmark in Edinburgh, and it is a spectacular sight to see thousands of women and men in their decorated bras.

“The whole event has a wonderful atmosphere – you really have to see it to appreciate how special it is.

“It is fun, uplifting and I’ve met a lot of really lovely people through volunteering.

“This year I have persuaded 14 of my friends and family to volunteer. For anyone considering getting involved, I would say, ‘don’t hesitate!’ You’ll be sure to have a great night, all in the name of charity.”

Volunteers are needed from 7pm on Saturday 10 June, through to midday on Sunday.

Nina Barough, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk, said: “Volunteers are incredibly special to the MoonWalk – we couldn’t hold the event without them. The experience for volunteers is just as poignant, fun and rewarding as it is for walkers, but in a different way. Without volunteers, we couldn’t have walkers, and vice versa. And together, we are all uniting against breast cancer.”