Cancer Council Victoria presents Seven Parks Walk around Melbourne

Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Cancer Council Victoria is pleased to announce the inaugural Cancer Council Victoria Seven Parks Walk, to be held on Sunday, 5th October 2014. An extension of the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk in Sydney, Seven Parks Walk is a 26 kilometre loop around the inner city of Melbourne, highlighting our magnificent parks.

The hugely successful Seven Bridges Walk, now in its ninth year, raised over $550,000 for Cancer Council NSW last year. This year, Melburnians are invited to show their support for Cancer Council Victoria by registering for the Seven Parks Walk. Created by the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA), the event is expected to engage up to 5,000 participants, who are encouraged to walk as much or as little of the 26 kilometre closed-loop circuit as they wish.

Fundraising generates about 60 percent of the Cancer Council’s annual income, making the Seven Parks Walk a vital event for the non-profit organisation. The funds generously donated by Victorians allow Cancer Council Victoria to continue its life-saving cancer research, worldclass prevention programs, and important support services for people affected by cancer.

Todd Harper, Cancer Council Victoria CEO, said funds raised make a real difference to outcomes for Victorians with cancer. “Cancer Council Victoria is pleased to be the charity partner of the inaugural Seven Parks Walk,” he said. “Unfortunately, the number of cancer cases in Victoria each year continues to grow and there aren’t many of us in the community who aren’t affected, or won’t be in the future.”

The Seven Parks Walk also advocates for the many health benefits of walking – including cancer prevention. “We know that around one third of cancers can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, such as being physically active,” Mr Harper said. “The Seven Parks Walk is a great opportunity for Victorians to enjoy Melbourne, support Cancer Council Victoria and cut their cancer risk.”

Harold Scruby, Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, acknowledges the other health benefits of walking. “Walking is wonderful,” he says. “It’s the prescription without medicine, the weight control without diet, and the cosmetic that can’t be found in a chemist. It’s the therapy without a psychoanalyst, and the holiday that doesn’t cost a penny. And there are few better walks than the Seven Parks Walk in Melbourne in spring.”

The Seven Parks Walk will not only raise money for a worthy cause, but is also a fantastic way to see some of Melbourne’s most beautiful parks.

“We’re fortunate to have so many green areas dotted around our city, and the Seven Parks Walk takes in the best of them: Albert Park, Docklands Park, Flagstaff Gardens, Royal Park, Princes Park, Treasury Gardens and Melbourne Olympic Park,” Mr Scruby said.“ At each of the seven parks will be an event Village, with select Villages providing food, refreshments and entertainment.”

Online registrations are now open. Participants can register online for $30, or on the day for $40 at any of the Villages around the course. All participants will receive a wristband and Seven Parks Walk Event Passport, which will be stamped at each of the seven Villages.