Support StarTrek and help Chemo Appeal

Ilfracombe Rotary’s night time charity walk across Exmoor marks its 20th anniversary by supporting popular appeal.

THE iconic StarTrek Challenge night walk orienteering across Exmoor has chosen the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal as one of its major charities to support in its 20th anniversary year.

Organised by Ilfracombe Rotary and Compass Rotary clubs, StarTrek 2012 will take place on the weekend of March 3/4 at a brand new venue, which of course will remain hush hush until nearer the time.

The call has gone out for people to start signing up now and enter teams of four to six on the 16 mile challenge, using map, compass and head torch to navigate across Exmoor, collecting clues to the route as they go.

Walkers might feel all alone, but the event is carefully supported throughout the night by St John Ambulance plus search and rescue personnel and regular manned checkpoints. It is all co-ordinated through the Raynet radio system and control room.

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Since it began the event has raised more than half a million pounds for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West plus many other local charities.

In addition to the hospices each year a third major charity is chosen to receive almost a third of the proceeds.

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StarTrek chairman John Stainer said this year they had decided to name the Chemo Appeal for a new chemotherapy unit at North Devon District Hospital because it was a cause close to their hearts.

He said several fellow Rotarians had been affected by cancer and treated at the old unit in Barnstaple, which so desperately needed replacing with a modern state-of-the-art unit.

It is hoped at least �13,000 can be donated to each major charity, with a small amount retained to support smaller local charities though the year.

Last year a total of 74 teams and 408 walkers took part and it is hoped to equal this, with every penny pledged once again given away to good causes.

Chemo Appeal fund raising manager Ian Roome paid tribute to both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs for their staunch support.

“On behalf of the appeal I really hope as many teams as possible will step up to take on this very different but enjoyable challenge and help us hit our target for a new purpose build chemo unit for North Devon,” he said.

For an application form or to find out more, go to or telephone (01271) 863662 or 862458.

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