One of the pinkest and sparkliest event in the North Easts’ fund-raising calendar - The Bling Fling Tiaras and Trainers Walk - is happening again on Sunday 19 May - and organisers hope that even more people will sign up to take part in the 5th Anniversary event.
The event combines a five or a 10k walk along the Old Deeside Railway Line in Aberdeen in trainers, tiaras and as much bling as entrants can muster with a celebratory pamper party after in the Duthie Parks’ Winter Gardens where entrants really get a chance to enjoy themselves with entertainments, therapies food and of course pink fizz!
Since 2009 the event has attracted hundreds of women - and a few brave men every year - who have walked, talked and partied their way to raising over £250,000 for breast cancer services at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, equipment and services at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Archway, a local charity supporting almost 200 children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.
Bling Fling was started by Aberdeen journalist Sonja and a group of friends after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008 and she explained why she wanted to do something: “The aim was to give friends and those affected by breast cancer or learning disabilities or both the chance to celebrate life and friendship and have fun while raising money for vital services.
“The money raised over the last five years is already making a difference to breast cancer research and services at ARI and supporting those who face the life long difficulties that raising a child with learning disabilities can bring.”
She continued: “The great thing about Bling Fling is you don’t have to be super fit to do something amazing - just by coming along and having fun with friends you are doing something special.“
This year Bling Fling 5 will take place at the Duthie Park on Sunday, May 19.
For those thrill seekers looking for something a bit more exciting this year there is also a Bling Fling Highland Fling bungee jump at Killiecrankie.
Details of how to register for either events can be found on the event website www.blingfling.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01224 643327.