WI Members Support ACWW’s ‘Women Walk the World’ Campaign 2022!

Posted May 10, 2022 by WI Staff in Event Reports

It’s that time again!  Women have been walking worldwide in aid of ACWW, with sponsored walks and events taking place on (or close to) 29th April 2022!

The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) held its official international Women Walk the World Day on Monday 29th April 2022. 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 special fundraising event, a selection of whom are featured here:

Abercorn Area
Members from Institutes in the Abercorn Area joined with their Executive Member Joan Beattie for their sponsored walk on Saturday 30th April.  It was a wet morning, but Northern Ireland’s typically unpredictable weather didn’t stop the Abercorn ladies!  The group enjoyed the Old Castle walk in Castlederg. This photograph was taken afterwards – when the ladies enjoyed a well deserved coffee!
Annalong WI

The ladies of Annalong WI met on Thursday 5th May to take part in their sponsored ACWW walk along the coastal path of Annalong.  The weather was cool but dry, and everyone enjoyed the scenery of the mountains and the sea.  Afterwards, they rewarded themselves with a cup of tea and something sweet to get revived again.

Ards Peninsula, Rowallane & Scrabo Areas
A triple effort! Members of Institutes in the Ards Peninsula, Rowallane and Scrabo Areas got together for their sponsored walk at Crawfordsburn Country Park and were fortunate to have a sunny, dry day!  The ladies enjoyed the beautiful scenery – not to mention the chats!  Afterward they had lunch in the cafe.  Portaferry WI member Sandra Marshall from the Ards Area commented, “It was wonderful to meet up again and enjoy the company of other Institute members. We are delighted that a total of £322.50 was raised for ACWW through sponsorship and donations. Thank you to all those who participated in the walk and to all those who gave donations!”
Ballyrashane WI

Some of the ladies of Ballyrashane WI enjoyed refreshments in The Elephant Rock Hotel before supporting ACWW with a bracing walk in Portrush. Over £120 was raised to donate to this worthy cause.


Broughshane WI
The Broughshane WI ladies are pictured here on their ACWW in May – 📸 with some selfies by their International Officer Marie Harvey!  President Annie Davison, along with Marie, led the group on their sponsored walk around the beautiful scenic coastal paths of Cushendall.
Clogher Valley Area

Saturday morning, 30th April, saw Institute members from across the Clogher Valley Area join with Area Executive Member Violet Little for their ACWW ‘Women Walk The World’ event in the grounds of Favour Royal, Aughnacloy.  Although a very rainy morning, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 34 resilient ladies taking part and an enjoyable walk was had by all!  Afterwards they were treated to a lovely brunch provided by The Diamond Cafe, Aughnacloy.

*Thanks must go to Beryl Boyd of Clogher WI and Evelyn Armstrong of Beragh WI for organising yet another successful walk, and to Hilary for keeping the finances in order! The proceeds of the walk will be used to support the great work carried out by ACWW in helping rural women and their families worldwide.

Crumlin WI
The Crumlin ladies mixed a little bit of history and fun into their ACWW sponsored walk, as they enjoyed a day out strolling around the beautiful grounds of Antrim Castle.

Donaghadee WI
The Donaghadee ladies are pictured here, about to set off on their sponsored walk around the town (for their May meeting).  They enjoyed a lovely walk around Donaghadee and those who couldn’t do the long walk did a shorter one, with everyone reuniting back at the hall later on for tea/coffee and delicious scones.
Downpatrick WI

Members of Downpatrick WI set off on their sponsored walk along the Quoile River on Saturday 30th April.  They raised £350 towards the Rural Women in Action Fund.

Gracehill & Galgorm WI

The G&G ladies walked through the beautiful village of Cullybackey in aid of ACWW recently.  We hear it was a sunny day, but quite breezy walking along the river path.  The group later visited Toast restaurant for some well earned refreshments.  Shout out to local resident James Leslie who was on hand to record this event on camera for the ladies!  President Lynda Brooks thanked James and also all the members who supported this walk, including those who were unable to attend but kindly gave donations.

Kilrea WI
The Kilrea ladies enjoyed their sponsored walk in tranquil reflection along the River Bann at Portglenone! All proceeds are in aid of ACWW, to finance the great work carried out by the organisation in helping rural women and their families.
Maghaberry WI
The Maghaberry WI  group braved the elements for their ACWW walk in Moira Demesne.
Moira WI & Waringstown WI

Members from the Moira and Waringstown Institutes joined forces for their ACWW walk around Lurgan Park and Lake.


Mountnorris WI

The Mountnorris members held their sponsored walk in aid of ACWW funds in The Glen at Glenanne.   Everyone enjoyed the evening – although the midges were out in strength!   After the walk, everyone tucked in to a tasty picnic supper.

Newtownbreda WI

It was a bright sunny morning on Saturday 23rd April, as the ladies from Newtownbreda gathered to support ACWW in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge! Newtownbreda WI’s International Officer Elizabeth Gowdy told us, “Delicious assorted scones with coffee and tea were professionally delivered by Robin, our personal hotel server.  An eye to detail was the order of the day, as the tables were laid to perfection – with even a raspberry topping the little individual ‘milk churn’ fresh cream containers! Altogether delightful! Chatter and laughter soon engulfed our group; it was indeed a happy occasion much enjoyed by all. As ladies left the hotel and strolled down to the Lagan Towpath for a leisurely walk, thoughts were with all the ‘Walk the World’ ladies in many countries worldwide, doing the very same to support the valuable work of ACWW. An excellent effort – and many thanks to all who made it such an enjoyable morning. “

To date, Newtownbreda WI’s efforts have raised £285, with more donations still to come. Well done, ladies!


Pomeroy WI

Members of Pomeroy WI and friends recently enjoyed their sponsored walk in Pomeroy Forest Park. Following a bright, sunny start, the ladies were making good progress when our typical Northern Ireland weather quickly deteriorated and they found themselves in the midst of a very heavy downpour! 🌧
☀️It didn’t dampen spirits though, and they ventured on – albeit through puddles and under dripping trees! Those young at heart (and wearing wellies ha ha) even had a wee splash about in the puddles! ☔️
Templepatrick WI
The Templepatrick ladies enjoyed their sponsored walk at Colemans Garden Centre.  This photo was taken afterwards, when they rewarded themselves with  coffee and scones!
If your Institute/Area is planning a sponsored walk, don’t forget to pose for a group photo – or selfie! – on location and email all your pictures to: editor@wini.org.uk
For more walk information, check out the special WWTW pack in the ‘Downloads’ section of our website:
or visit the ACWW website directly: http://www.acww.org.uk
The Heath Questionnaire (if required) is downloadable at the following link:


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