12,000 people take a MoonWalk in bras for breast cancer charity

June 17th, 2008 - 12:45 am ICT by ANI  

London, June 16 (ANI): Thousands of women and a substantial number of men wore decorated bras and walked through the streets of Edinburgh overnight in a bid to raise funds for breast cancer charity.

The 2008 Edinburgh MoonWalk included more than 12,000 people walking through the night on either a 26.2-mile marathon or a 13.1-mile half moon walk.

Most of the people who participated in the event were either survivors of breast cancer, or had family or friends affected by the disease.

The organisers said they hoped to raise 3 million pounds for the charities.

Landmarks across the city, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and The Scotsman’s offices on Holyrood Road, were lit up pink in support of the charity walkers.

Michelle McManus, who won the Pop Idol series in 2003, was among the participants, dressed in a bright pink wig.

A spokeswoman for Walk the Walk, the grant-making charity behind the MoonWalk, said that the event had been very successful.

“We’re really happy with how it all went. The weather was ideal for a MoonWalk and the atmosphere was amazing. To get 12,000 people taking part was a great turn out and we were really happy to have about 1,000 men taking part in their bras as well,” Scotsman quoted her, as saying.

People who took part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk have raised more than 4.5 million pounds since the first event in 2006.

Nina Barough, chief executive and founder of Walk the Walk, said: “The beauty of the city by night conjures up a very special atmosphere for the MoonWalk and helps to attract people far and beyond to join us.” (ANI)

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