It’s that time of year where we begin to look at the end of Summer drawing in and prepare for the Autumn nights drawing in. No more BBQs and laying on the garden soaking up the rays. So what better way for you and your pet to see out the summer than in taking part in the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire’s Big Walkies event.
Hosted by the RPSCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire on the 11th September 2016, Big Walkies will begin at Holmebrook Valley Country Park in Chesterfield. The cost of registration is £10 for the first dog and £5 for each dog after that. You will receive a free T shirt for the event and your pooch will have a stylish matching bandana.
The event is happening nationwide at branches of the RSPCA but it’s especially important for Chesterfield as a self-funded shelter to raise as much money as possible for the day to day running of the shelter. This means the food for the animals, new beds, medication, toys etc. not to mention the cost of running the shelter itself which requires gas, electricity, water utilities, vet fees and evetything else. If 50 people took part in the Big Walkies this would raise £500+ and if 100 people took part it would be £1,000+ imagine what the shelter could do with that money?
But of course despite being a fundraising event its not just about the money. Big Walkies will start in Holmebrook Park and will cover either 3km or 5km (you choose which route you want to follow). Imagine Chesterfield on a Sunday afternoon in September, teaming with tourists on their way into Derbyshire. Sunday drivers slowly cruising the road and a number of people walking their dogs on their own Sunday afternoon stroll. You and your dog complete with T-Shirt and bandana will be a walking advertisement to raise awareness of the shelter and encourage further fundraising. What are you waiting for? Sign up for the event here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies/findanevent/details/-/event/Chesterfield or you can register on the day as well, registration on the day opens at 1:30pm and the walk will commence at 2:30pm. There will be free parking, a number of stalls and refreshments available as well. You can also check out the facebook page for more info and to keep up with the latest news on the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1760602940862090/
Don’t worry if you can’t take part in the walk on the day. Tara one of the shelter’s own rescue dogs will be walking the event on behalf of all the other dogs at the shelter (provided she is not adopted first). Tara has her own just giving page for the event and you can read her story there too. https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/rspcachesterfieldandnorthderbyshire/bigwalkieschesterfield
Feel free to donate as much or as little as you want to. To walk as far as you feel you can. Why not get your family and friends to sponsor you and your pooch as well to raise even more much needed funds for the shelter.
Do something good today 🙂