Over 200 supporters join CSF-Languedoc’s Walk for Life 2016

CSF-Languedoc’s sixth Walk for Life, held on Sunday, 18 September at Domaine de la Clapiere, Montagnac, was a resounding success. Over 200 supporters walked either five- or ten-kilometre routes and the event raised more than 8,000 Euros to support the work of Cancer Support France – both regionally and nationally.

The sun shone and a light breeze blew, providing perfect conditions for CSF-Languedoc’s biggest annual fund and awareness raiser, which also coincided with the Association’s national awareness week.  The 202 two-legged participants (plus an extraordinary number of unregistered but equally enthusiastic four-legged friends), equated to a 40% increase on last year’s registered walkers and, perhaps even more importantly, it was the first time many had been introduced to CSF, so a huge boost for the Association’s awareness and visibility.

The event was also a great demonstration of the close support that regional expat organisations give each other: groups such as the American Women’s Group (AWG), Lodeve Walkers and the Women’s International Club (WICs), all made Walk for Life an ‘official’ event on their calendars, and their members turned out in force to show their support.

Once again, Domaine de la Clapiere’s (www.laclapiere.com) beautiful vineyards, and those of some of their neighbours, made a stunning setting for the two walks, and the Domaine’s idyllic part-covered courtyard provided the perfect venue for a celebratory and well-earned lunch after all the exertion. CSF-Languedoc is very grateful indeed for the warmth and generosity of our hosts.

Back by popular demand, lunch was traditional, freshly cooked British fish and chips provided by Chris and Clare (www.ccfishandchips.com), washed down with Domaine de la Clapiere’s excellent wines and followed by Alison's chocolate brownie dessert (kenandalisonscatering.com). As an alternative this year we were able to offer burgers and chicken fillets from Les Soeurs Delicieuses as well as their ever-popular scones, jams and chutneys. Dom and Colin from Languedoc Select Wine Club (www.languedoc-select.com) loaned us wine glasses for the day, and Hannah's bookstall was again hugely popular. Thanks to them all for their hard work and generous support.

A terrific team of CSF-Languedoc volunteers were key to the success of the event. In the words of Kath Orsman, co-ordinator of this year’s walk: “There are so many people who helped 'front of house' and quietly behind the scenes serving coffee, organising food, making brownies, preparing tables, setting out the venue, guiding the routes, putting out signs, collecting signs, parking cars, producing publicity, booking lunches, registering walkers, selling lunches, selling books, serving meals, scooping up stranded walkers, filling their cars with extra chairs, lending glasses and, and, and ...... all done with a willingness and a smile. To all of you, many, many thanks.”

A huge thank you also goes out to everyone beyond the CSF-Languedoc membership who supported this year’s Walk for Life. The money raised supports our work with English speakers living in France whose lives have been touched by cancer. This year, we are also giving a portion of the funds raised to CSF National, as a contribution towards items such as volunteer training and website development – which will improve CSF service provision throughout France.