De Boer team prepares for massive charity challenge

3 May 2011

Four staff members at structure specialist De Boer are to walk a combined distance of nearly 80 miles as they demonstrate their commitment to a long-standing charity client.

MoonWalk London challenge
The female colleagues are preparing to power-walk their way through the streets of the capital on May 14 during the annual MoonWalk London spectacular, which raises funds to tackle breast cancer.

Wide range of structures
Their marathon effort comes as De Boer once again provides a wide range of structures to the event, which was launched by charity Walk the Walk 13 years ago. De Boer’s accommodation will be erected in Hyde Park, where participants assemble ahead of the challenge.

Marathon distance
Around 15,000 people – the vast majority of them women – tackle the walk each summer, with the option of selecting a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles or a half-marathon. The event takes place through the night and sees participants completing the challenge wearing Walk the Walk’s trademark decorated bras.

De Boer team
Two of the De Boer team – Maria Perry and Katie Russell – have set their sights on the full marathon distance while colleagues Kate Morrison and Sarah Chamberlain are due to tackle the 13.1-mile course. For Sarah there will be the added challenge of being seven months pregnant at the time of the walk!

Support for client
De Boer Key Accounts Manager Kate Morrison, who oversees the MoonWalk build process on behalf of the structure company, said: “De Boer has been working with Walk the Walk on each MoonWalk since 2005 so we’ve come to know the charity and its team really well. Having put the structures in place for each event, it’s great that four of us will now be able to add our support by raising money as well.”

International locations
MoonWalk London now forms just one of many challenges organised each year by Walk the Walk. Since being established in 1996, the charity has created events across the UK and has teams taking part in many international locations as diverse as Holland, Peru, Iceland and the US. In total more than £68m has been raised towards combating breast cancer.

Variety of structures
De Boer provides Walk the Walk with a broad range of structures for MoonWalk London. These are used for purposes that include a medical centre, baggage stores, information kiosks, kitchen, merchandising unit and media facilities.

Huge Pink Galaxy
However the most striking structure is the huge Pink Galaxy – measuring 152 metres by 60 metres – which was created by De Boer five years ago in the charity’s vivid pink corporate colour. It has since been used at the MoonWalk each year, as well as for a similar event staged by Walk the Walk annually in Edinburgh.

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