WI Members Support ACWW’s ‘Women Walk the World’ Campaign 2017

Posted November 1, 2017 by WI Staff in Event Reports

Women Walking Worldwide In Aid Of ACWW

The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) held its international Women Walk the World Day on Saturday 29th April 2017. On days in and around this special date, a number of WI Areas and Institutes took part in sponsored walks at various beauty spots across the province to raise money for this very worthwhile cause. ACWW offers support, friendship and practical help to improve the lives of women and their families, empowering communities around the world. Women Walk the World is a global event and the WI ladies were proud to get involved.


Well done to all the WI members who participated and supported this event, a selection of whom are featured here…


Abercorn Area

The Abercorn ladies held their usual walk along the bypass and have so far raised the mighty sum of £1267.65, exceeding last year’s total.

International Sub-Committee member Betty Brace expressed her delight at the efforts of the Abercorn ladies:

“Abercorn have come up trumps again! We thought last year was great but we have actually beaten last year’s total of money raised. I would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the walk, sponsored us, gave donations or saved the 20ps! I am so proud of you all. Well done, keep it up for next year!”

 Ladies from the Abercorn Area and friends gather for a photo call before setting out on their walk.


Ards, Rowallane & Scrabo Areas

The ladies from the three Areas joined forces for their sponsored walk through Crawfordsburn Country Park. So far an amazing total of £475.00 has been raised.

The Ards, Rowallane & Scrabo group, which included Federation Chairman Elizabeth Warden and International Sub-Committee Chairman Agnes Black.


Ballyclare WI

Members of the Ballyclare Institute undertook their walk in Sixmile Valley Park and enjoyed a rewarding cup of coffee and a chat afterwards.

 The Ballyclare walkers.


Broughshane WI

Broughshane members undertook their sponsored walk around the foot of Slemish. After a good brisk walk, the group returned to the home of Broughshane President Annie Davison, where a delicious lunch was served.

 The Broughshane ladies who enjoyed scenes of the Slemish Mountains on their walk.


Donaghadee WI

The Donaghadee ladies (and pets) enjoyed their walk around the seaside town.

 The Donaghdee walkers with their canine friends.


Drumbeg WI, Drumbo WI & Hillhall WI

Organised by Drumbeg WI, members from the Drumbeg, Drumbo and Hillhall Institutes were a winning combination as they tackled their group walk in Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, a lovely setting that had just come alive with spring flowers and blossom. The two walks available suited all abilities and afterwards everyone regrouped in the Stables Coffee Shop for a well-deserved cuppa.

Roberta Ferguson of Hillhall WI with Audrey Jackson and Molly Craig of Drumbeg WI.


Kells & Connor WI

The Kells & Connor ladies held their sponsored walk on Thursday 20th of April in the grounds of Antrim Castle.

The Kells & Connor ladies with some potential future members seated front row!


 Kilrea WI

Members of Kilrea WI set off on their walk along the road from Kilrea to Drumagarner and back again.

  The Kilrea ladies en route.


Londonderry Area

Ladies from the Londonderry Area embarked on their walk on Saturday 29th of April, starting off in St Columb’s Park House and finishing back at the same spot for a rewarding cup of tea/coffee and some well-earned scones. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and all for a great cause.

The Londonderry group with their Executive Member Collette Craig (centre).


Moneymore WI

On a bright and breezy Saturday morning some of the ladies from Moneymore WI left the housework behind to walk around the village in aid of ACWW.

The Moneymore walkers.


Muckamore WI

The Muckamore group walked around the Lough Shore in Antrim and explored the beautiful grounds and gardens of Clotworthy House as part of their sponsored walk.

The Muckamore ladies outside Clotworthy House.


Newtownbreda WI

The Newtownbreda ladies enjoyed their sponsored walk around Botanic Gardens in Belfast.  To reward themselves after their stroll, they stopped off at The Yellow Door café in the nearby Ulster Museum.

 The Newtownbreda ladies gather for a photo call outside the Palm House in Botanic Gardens, Belfast before embarking on their sponsored walk.


Pomeroy WI

The Pomeroy walkers ventured around Pomeroy Forest for their sponsored walk and were joined by friends (and pets) for the occasion.

 The Pomeroy group with Federation Vice-Chairman Beth Irwin.


Rathfriland WI

The Rathfriland ladies hiked through the Mourne Mountains for their sponsored walk and enjoyed the magnificent scenery along the route.

 Three of the Rathfriland ladies and their canine companion in The Mournes.


Riada Area

Armoy WI hosted the Riada Area walk on Saturday 29th April. The group met at Armoy Presbyterian Church hall before embarking on the route and non-walkers were also able to get involved and support the cause by purchasing refreshments in the hall.

Some of the Riada Area ladies with ACWW European Area President Margaret McMillan of Mosside WI (far left).


Templepatrick WI

The Templepatrick group walked around Clotworthy House in Antrim.

The Templepatrick ladies after their walk.


Waringstown & Ballievey WIs

Six members of Waringstown WI joined with four members of Ballievey WI to complete their walk in Lurgan Park. It was a beautiful morning and the ladies enjoyed walking around the lake.

The Waringstown and Ballievey ladies with their banner promoting ACWW.





















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