Ten years ago, at the age of 59, and with no family history of the disease, Chris Dowes, RC Crief, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a prostatectomy. He decided to walk the 632 miles of the South West Coast Path in one visit, to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and to encourage as many men as possible to be aware of the signs and to seek early medical advice. At the same time, he wanted to highlight the work of Rotary in the eradication of Polio worldwide. He is funding the walk entirely himself and everything he is able to raise through sponsorship will be divided equally between Prostate Cancer UK and Rotary ‘End Polio Now’. Once he has completed the walk, he will have climbed a total of 115,000 feet and 5p for each foot seemed an attractive goal, so he set his on-line fund-raising target at £5,750. So far, the actual amount he has raised is £7,457 – and the money is still rolling in because, by flying RFUK ‘End Polio Now’ helium balloons from his back pack, Chris is attracting a lot of attention from generous fellow walkers!
Chris started his walk (from Minehead) on Monday 20 August and plans to end it at Poole on Wednesday 17 October which is his 70th birthday. His wife (also Chris) is providing the back-up facilities and supplies Crieff Rotary with weekly updates on how he is progressing. He is also visiting local Rotary Clubs along the route and has already met fellow Rotarians at Minehead and Padstow.
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