550km cycle and ceilidh for “Alford inspiration” Jo

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Next month a Muir of Fowlis man will be cycling 550km in memory of an Alford woman and to raise funds for The Jo Walters Trust.

Joanna Walters was brought up in Alford and flew the nest to go to University and work for Google in Dublin, before deciding she wanted to direct her talents towards teaching. Miss Walters had just completed teacher training and been accepted by the school of her choice to teach Maths. However in July 2010 tragedy struck when she was knocked off her bicycle in Brighton and killed.

And now, Peter Duke and David Parson will be cycling from the Canal de Garonne to the Canal du Midi to raise funds for The Jo Walters Trust - a charity set up by her friends and family in her memory.

Mr Duke said: “Joanna has been an inspiration for a generation with her passion for sport, her outward bound and her interest in education and the environment. This is reflected in the many local projects supported by The Jo Walters Trust.”

The Jo Walters Trust has awarded a number of grants over the years to different causes and charities. They provide opportunities to help people enrich their lives and the lives of others, through sport, outward bound, educational and environmental projects, both at home and abroad.

David Hawson wrote: “We will all miss her dreadfully. The world has lost a very special person. But I think that Jo has always been a teacher and that she’s left us with the very best lesson - and that is - ‘Look at me! Look how I lived my life! Get the most out of life. But above all, help others get the most out of it too”’.

Various fund-raising events have taken place including various bike rides, 10k runs, half marathons, Iron Man, sailing adventures and Burns suppers.

And the next one will take place tonight (Friday) at 8pm - a ceilidh in Craigievar Village Hall to announce the remarkable journey the two men will undertake in May and to raise funds fort he charity.

Popular ceilidh band Clachan Yell will be taking to the stage for what organisers hope to be a fantastic night for a great cause.

Tickets for the ceilidh cost £20pp which will include a simple supper with wine available (for a small donation) and raffle.

Tickets for the ceilidh are available by phoning Peter Duke on 01975 581444, emailing him on peter.duke@gmail.com or alternatively buy at the door.

Donations for the cycle can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterduke or https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davidparson.