Charity walk is facing too much competition

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A charity walk is likely to be cancelled because of a lack of interest.

The Walk the Southern event, in which people walk the Southern 100 course, raises money for Robert Owen House, a facility in which Manx families and carers of patients at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool stay.

The Walk the Southern event is due to take place on Sunday.

A charity spokesman said: ‘During the early years of the walk there were no other events around at the time.

‘However, now there are at least six large events, within a few weeks of each other, all trying to raise money.

‘To stage the walk can cost at least £500-700 to cover printing, advertising posters, etc, which has to be recovered before a profit is made. We can no longer compete with other events supported by banks and finance houses that appear to have deeper pockets than us.’

He added there was still time for people to try to save the event by downloading an entry form from www.robertowenhouse.org and turning up on Sunday at 2pm at the Southern 100 HQ end of Castletown bypass.

He said it was ‘crunch time’ for the future of the walk.

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