Rotary Club of Romsey Test 2015 Walk the Test Way
Yes, it is that time of the year again already!
We are well into the detailed planning stage for this year’s early autumn walk through the stunning Test Valley on 11th October.
To date this WALK has raised a grand total of in excess of £500,000 for your Charities and last year alone £73,000 was raised.
This year you will also be able to access us via Face Book, at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walk-the-Test-Way/918141764896848 that will enable you to spread the word, and help us to attract even more of you, to join us in our pursuit of raising funds, for good charitable causes.
Another small and we believe great addition this year is that the Walk will take you through the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey, by kind permission of the National Trust, there will be a refreshment unit will be available as you pass by - and yet more mobile toilets!
No promises, but there is just a chance that we may have just a few kissing gates to replace stiles towards the end of the Walk!!
As last year we will continue with our “Early Bird Offer” from the opening of Registration on June 1st until 31st July, which reduces the cost of your registration to £7.50 for adults, and those aged 15 and under are free, this means a family of 4 can register for just £15.
From August 1st registration fees are £11.00 for adults and £5 for those aged 15 and under, and believe we compare extremely favourably when compared to other similar WALKS in the local vicinity.
The key aim of the Walk is to raise Significant Funds for Charity, it has been seen that Walkers who make use of JustGiving to raise sponsorship can generate up to 4 times more than those who use the paper based sponsorship form.
Further Added Benefits are:-
1. We will distribute 80%* of sponsorship raised to your chosen charity, rather than 75%*
2. The funds raised are collected for you automatically including where appropriate the extra 25% Gift Aid tax benefit for UK tax payers.
3. Time spent on managing collection and distribution of sponsorship is significantly reduced and gets to your chosen charity much quicker
4. It is easy to access JustGiving through the Walk website www.walkthetestway.org.uk and look for the “Make a Page with JustGiving” button during registration.
*Balance to Rotary nominated Charities.
Please sign up as soon as possible after 1st June to take advantage of the Early Bird Offer, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join you through your JustGiving page.
Hoping for good weather yet again, and seeing the great friendship, team spirit and camaraderie on Sunday October 11th…so see you there!!!
I look forward to welcoming you again, and in the meantime have a great summer.
Walk the Test way
Rotary Club of Romsey Test
PS Finally do not forget to start that training in plenty of time….you know it makes sense and why not have a look as this short YouTube clip to see what it is like!! https://youtu.be/toiMH6fxHNI
We are very pleased with the level of sponsorship you are sending in to us, and you have exceeded last years total - so very well done!
Thank you to all of you who have responded and sent us remaining sponsorship which has enabled us to make final payments to your charities as the following link to Charity Disbursement at 14th April 2015 - we will however pass on any further sponsorship as it arrives!
.........and please get any outstanding sponsorship to us so we can close the 2014 walk receipts and payments.
We are part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) which is an association of Rotary members, clubs and districts.
It is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organisation with 1.2 million business professionals and community leaders in over 200 countries and geographical areas.
Rotary clubs are based in local communities across the world with its members meeting on a regular basis for fun and friendship and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others.
If you would like to know more about our activities please visit our web site http://www.rotaryclubofromseytest.org/index.aspx
What You Said About the 2014 Walk
“Just a note to say well done on the organisation of today's walk, you had left no stone unturned so it was all timed and sorted to perfection. I know it must take a lot of hard work so thanks for your time and effort.”
"Thank you for all your help over the recent weeks it was very much appreciated and allowed me to keep my walkers on track.
Please pass on my thanks to all the Rotary volunteers who worked tirelessly to set up an extremely well organised day, from registration to medals proved to be seamless and even".
When I walked in 2011 I thought then that there couldn’t be any betterment, but you have continued to make improvements.
For what my input is worth I would like to say that it was a brilliant idea to cut out Squab Wood, that was a very difficult part of the course and after all the stiles with aching legs too dangerous for the walkers, so it was good news that this wasn’t part of the walk this year and may be next?
Maybe next year we will walk further - 11 miles in 3hours and 20 minutes is a fair time!”
“Many thanks for the walk today, it was our first year attending and we did the full distance.
It was a very long day, but we met some lovely people, including the Mayoress for Test Valley.
Everyone was so friendly and the route was incredibly well marshalled”.
“A brilliant day - Thank you for all the hard work, which I know must have gone in to make the day possible”.
Just a note to thank you for organising the walk yet again.
Greatly appreciated the support given by the Marshalls all along the line, and can only imagine the effort that went into the preparation of the transport, signing, and grand finale.
You even managed to arrange the weather so
that the rain held off until I was on the way back to the car!
Well done to you all.”
“I walked the whole route yesterday and would like to say a big thank you to all involved.
Right from the start from the checking in, transport arrangements, the friendly helpful Marshalls, the signposting, toilet facilities, water always available, the reassuring presence of St Johns Ambulance, the finishing line all faultless.
Thank you all for giving up your Sunday so that we could enjoy a fantastic day out in the Hampshire countryside.
I hope you raised lots of money for the various charities”
“Hello there, thank you to all the lovely cheery and cheering Marshalls along the way. I walked on my own and so their smiley faces and happy natures were a pleasure to come across periodically. Thanks again to everyone; I never would have known how much organisation was involved because it all ran so smoothly - well done!”
Click on the following link to see what was raised for Charities nominated by walkers on the 2013 Walk: Charity Disbursement Final 2013 Walk
Click on the following link to see how the Rotary Club of Romsey Test Trust Fund proportion of sponsorship was used to support organisations following the 2013 Walk: Rotary Donations 2013 - 2014
Don’t forget you can click on the following link to FotoGems Photographers of Romsey - in addition to the Gallery tab, where there are many photographs of the event!
Help raise money for your charity by asking your supporters and donors to register for the walk and raise money.
Register for Just Giving and we will distribute 80% to your charity.
No need for you to do any more - let us organize everything else for you!
Five walks of differing distance from 5 to nearly 26 miles along the beautiful Test Way to choose from - fully marshalled and patrolled with St John Ambulance facilities along the entire route in case of any first aid emergencies.
Download a presentation here: