Carrick residents can put best foot forward for WaterAid

FANS of the sea-air along the Ayrshire coast are being urged to enjoy a day out and do their bit for charity in a sponsored walk.

WaterAid’s Coast Along event hopes to see walkers on over 240 sections of coastal path around the UK on Saturday September 15, covering over 2000 miles of coastline. And Carrick is home to some of the most challenging parts of the Coast Along route.

The event is part of the charity’s Big Dig Appeal, which aims to raise funds to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the poorest communities in rural Malawi. Every pound of sponsorship will be matched by the UK Government from the aid budget, helping the charity reach twice as many people.

WaterAid’s Sarah Canniford said: “It’s easy for us to take clean water for granted when it comes at the turn of a tap, but for too many women and children across Africa finding water is a daily struggle and they walk for hours just to meet this basic need. The distance walked by the team will be similar to the daily routine for many in Malawi.

“It costs just £15 to provide one person with safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, so everyone who takes part will be making a real difference.”

To find out more about Coast Along for WaterAid or to sign up to take part, go to www.coastalongforwateraid.org, email coastalong@wateraid.org or call 020 7793 2232.

The Coast Along sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path found in Carrick are: Ballantrae to Lendalfoot (6.5 miles), Lendalfoot to Girvan (6.5 miles), Girvan to Maidens (8.1 miles), Maidens to Dunure (6.2 miles), and Glenapp to Ballantrae (8.3 miles). All are rated ‘difficult’ except Glenapp to Ballantrae, whcih is rated ‘moderate’.

Walkers can also choose to join a three mile group walk from Fairlie.