A crowd of walkers, cyclists and even a Paralympic Gold medallist joined the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson on Saturday morning to take part in a sponsored walk and cycle along the Newtownabbey Way. The event was organised by the Mayor to raise funds for his three charities; Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland, Reach and the Alzheimer’s Society.
As well as raising funds and awareness for the charities, the sponsored walk and cycle showcased the recently opened Newtownabbey Way. Paralympic Gold Medallist Michael McKillop also got involved with the walk, much to the delight of those in attendance! With the majority of the walkers and cyclists completing the 5.5km circuit, a well-earned cup of tea was enjoyed by everyone back at Mossley Mill.
The Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson says “Over £400 has been raised so far for my fantastic charities and with big sponsors still coming in, the grand total should be impressive! Everyone taking part seemed to thoroughly enjoy the walk and cycle; people came from all over the province to support the event and many have said they will definitely be returning to explore another part of the Newtownabbey Way next time!”
Dean Holmes, Sport and Play Development Officer adds “It’s fantastic that we now have such a great facility to allow people to come and walk, run or cycle on our door step. There really is no reason not to come down and enjoy the great outdoors whilst getting active!”