Walking the Coast of Wales

Walking the Coast of Wales

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Hiking/driving in Arches National Park, Utah. Staying in Moab.
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Madwalking’s ‘JustGiving’ fundraising pages for Velindre and Macmillan cancer support MAD walking Facebook pagewill close effective October 30th, 2014.

Mona and I want to thank you most sincerely for the way you have supported our efforts to raise money for cancer research and related support. Thanks to you, MaD walking raised over $21,500.00 for the four cancer charities we supported.

We will never forget our walk around the magnificent coastline of Wales. We will never forget the people who we met, the people who provided transportation, accommodation, the people who donated, the people who joined us on the walk and the people we met ‘on the path’. The walk was a ‘highlight’ in our life experience.

Diolch yn fawr iawn! Merci beaucoup! Thank you very much! [Back in Wales next year!]

Mona and David [MaD]

PS Special thanks to our driver and good friend, Oscar.

September 20th: Calgary Welsh Society Raise over $2000 for Childhood Cancer Canada.

MaD Walking is very proud of its association with the Calgary Welsh Society and its 170 members. On Saturday, September 20th, 86 people attended a tea and watched a slideshow of our walk of the coast of Wales and donated over $2000 to the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. Thank you so much!

CWS letterhead-2 copy


And some memories…….

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On Friday, MaD, [Mona and David] with good friends and MaD Walking supporters, Anne, Fred, Marion and Harvey, walked the 14 km Helen Lake trail, one of the many beautiful trails in Banff National Park. In the photographs you will notice smoky skies that come from forest fires raging in British Columbia. On a clear day the views are even more incredible. The flowers along the trail were spectacularly beautiful. Thanks to Anne for identifying the flowers and thanks to Marion for sharing some of her photographs.
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It’s been two weeks since our return to Canada and our return to the MaD Walking site. To update the people who followed our walk in Wales and who BECAME a part of our walk through their encouragement and support, here is some of the latest news.
• After we finished our walk on June 12th, we enjoyed the hospitality of friends and relatives in and from Borth, Ciliau Aeron, Carmarthen, Llangendeirne, Gilfach Goch, Cardiff and Tunstall, Suffolk.
• A get-together party of nearly 60 people in Carmarthen [organized by my sister, Margaret], raised over £1300 towards the 4 charities we are supporting. The total raised now has reached more than £10,000 [$18,770].
• To continue our quest and raise more, the website, Facebook Page, and donations sites will be open until the end of September.
• MaD [Mona and David] will have a Marketplace booth at the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis from August 28th to 31st where they will give a PowerPoint presentation of their Walk in Wales in the hope of reaching people who are hesitant to donate through internet.
• On September 20th, in Calgary, a similar presentation will be made to members of the Calgary Welsh Society and the general public at St Mark’s church hall.

I have posted some photos that tell a little of what we have been doing since the completion of our walk.
Once again, many, many thanks to our family, friends and Facebook followers who have supported us and continue to do so……..

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8CardiffFarewell 9StTeiloDescrip 10ChurchExterior 11ChurchInterior 12ChurchInterior2 14DavidHseExtGar 15DavidHouseInt 16StatelyHomeSuffolk 17StatelyHomeGarden 18iAlongDyke 18Suffolk Beach 19MartelloTwer2 20MartelloTwr 21FishCreekBikePark 24NoseHillBike 25Nosehill2
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  • Mona and David Matthews from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in a ‘mad’ moment, have decided to walk the 1400km, 870 mile coastal path of Wales! They will do this to raise money for cancer research and related support in Wales, Canada and the USA. David, who was raised in Wales, will celebrate his 70th birthday on the walk. The official start date will be, from Chepstow, SE Wales, on St David’s Day, 2014. Please support the cause by donating and sharing this website with family, friends and colleagues!
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