Sunday, 26 October 2008

The Worlds Biggest Walk comes to Middlesex

October 25 2008 saw the inaugural World’s Biggest Walk ( with people organising 5km walks starting at 12noon GMT all over the world. In the end, there were 109 walks in 18 countries across all 5 continents, including South Africa, Canada, Australia, China, Bulgaria and Nepal.

Live Life Then Give Life Advocate Nehal Shah organised her own Walk around her local area, so yesterday at 12noon a party of some 15 people set off from Stanmore Underground station and walked the full 5km around Stanmore and Edgeware, trailing big blue Organ Donation balloons and handing out leaflets.

Originally from Kenya, the Shah family are working incredibly hard to try to redress the balance in organ availability for people from black and Asian backgrounds. Although more likely to need organ transplants than the white population, only a tiny percentage of the black and Asian populations of the UK have signed the Organ Donor Register, leaving many people like Nelly, waiting for over 5 years for a kidney, in a very real purgatory with no knowledge of whether or not their gift will come.

Nelly has worked tirelessly for Live Life Then Give Life since becoming an advocate and we were delighted that Emily and Oli could be there with her to help her raise awareness and compete a truly ground-breaking global event. Both of the trustees, however, wish to point out that the work was done 100% by Nelly and her family and they just tagged along for the (rather energetic) ride!

Yesterday also saw the first outing for Live Life Then Give Life’s all-new media production unit. Consisting of Oli with the camera and Emily wandering around holding what looked like a dead cat on a stick, the video from the event will be up here shortly as the Charity secures its commitment to help raise even more awareness through documenting the events we take part in and are invited to.

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