Get in step for Orwell Challenge

PUT your best foot forward and help raise money for charity by taking on this year's Orwell Challenge.The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, is back and it is bigger and better than ever.

PUT your best foot forward and help raise money for charity by taking on this year's Orwell Challenge.

The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, is back and it is bigger and better than ever.

Yesterday, the Rotary Club launched the walk, with the help of media partners The Evening Star and BBC Radio Suffolk.

Formally known as the Orwell Walk this year's event, which is taking place on Sunday, June 27, will for the first time feature three different events.

The 25-mile Orwell Walk, starting at Amberfield School, in Nacton, will take in the sights of the River Orwell, and the East of England Co-op are the main sponsors.

And this year, there will also be the Orwell Waddle, for the youngsters taking part to do laps of the sports field at the school, as well as the Orwell Walkies, for dog lovers wanting to take their dogs along.

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One of the organisers John Button, said it is the major event in their calendar.

“We are really looking forward to it. It facilitates local groups raising around �70,000 for their chosen charities. It is a massive event for us and this year we have three events on the same day.”

People taking part can choose their own charity to support. The Rotary Club takes 25 per cent of the total raised to go towards their dedicated charities.

This year the two chosen by members of the club are East Anglia's Children Hospices (EACH) Treehouse Appeal.

The Star's editor Nigel Pickover urged people to take up the challenge.

He said: “This is a fantastic event, something everyone can get involved with. A great way to raise money for charities at the heart of our community.”