Stonewall's Annual 10k Equality Walk takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday May 1 starting at Brighton's Pavilion Gardens. Walkers can join celebrity hosts Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), Heather Peace (Lip Service) and Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do) for the fun-filled day out.
This year's walk builds on the success of the 2010 walk which attracted over 350 walkers. Supported by American Express and Square Peg Media (publishers of g3 and Out in the City) the eighth annual walk is in aid of Stonewall’s work to make all schools more inclusive for children.
Registration for the walk is just £10, and all walkers will receive a goody bag and special edition t-shirt, and can enjoy entertainment put on for them throughout the day. Participants simply need to raise more than the registration fee and there are prizes for the top fundraising individuals and groups.
Once registered, Stonewall encourages all walkers to fundraise to support the Education for All Campaign. This year there’s a fantastic top fundraising prize - a luxury weekend for two in Paris including travel on Eurostar, two nights' stay in a luxury hotel and £500 spending money, courtesy of American Express.
The Equality Walk winds through the heart of the city. Research shows that nine in ten secondary school teachers say children and young people currently experience anti-gay bullying in their schools – regardless of their sexual orientation. Three quarters of primary school teachers hear ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school. Yet nine in ten teachers report that they have never received any specific training on how to tackle this behaviour.
Last year’s walk raised over £60,000 helping Stonewall to send FIT – an anti-bullying DVD – and teaching materials to every secondary school in Britain.
Laura Doughty, Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive, said: 'The Brighton Equality Walk has always been a key event in Stonewall's fundraising calendar. This year we’re continuing our focus on tackling homophobic bullying in schools, and helping make them an inclusive and supportive environment for all our children.’
To register for the walk and to find out more about the walk visit www.equalitywalk.org.uk or call the Equality Walk team on 020 7593 2827.
During office hours please call: 020 7593 1856 or outside office hours on 07985 439 660.
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