International Women's Day 2010

Walk For Tabita – Sunday 7 March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 05, 2010 03 07, 2010 03 14, England by womeninlondon on 23 February 2010

On Sunday 7 March, to mark International Women’s Day, we are asking you to organise a walk for women’s health. It’s so easy to do – put the date in your diary and sign up to take part. We’ll send you our walks pack, with everything you need to set up your walk and start fundraising. You can register your walk if you are happy for us to share your details with other people interested in joining it.

Walk for Tabita

Around the world, women walk miles and miles every day, whether to collect water, tend fields, go to markets, or get medical assistance.

Tabita lives Sierra Leone. She was in labour for several hours at home with a traditional birth attendant, when she was advised to go to the health centre in the next district. When Tabita arrived at the centre, no-one there had the training to perform the caesarean section she needed.

Tabita set off for the district hospital, but the hospital lacked the equipment needed for the operation. Finally, Tabita arrived at Magbenteh Health Centre. By now, she had been in labour for three days. At Magbenteh, Tabita had an emergency caesarean section. Sadly, because Tabita had not received proper medical attention, her baby was already dead and Tabita was left with a lifelong disability.

How VSO is helping

The clinic where Tabita received life-saving treatment was set up with the help of VSO volunteer midwife, Zoe Vowles. Zoe is working with local colleagues to provide health education in the community. Local women and traditional birth attendants – who normally help deliver babies – are learning what to expect during pregnancy and recognise when to seek professional help.

VSO volunteers like Zoe are making a huge difference to the lives of women around the world.

How you can make a difference

Sign up for our Walk for Tabita on Sunday 7 March and raise awareness and sponsorship to support our life-changing work.

Arrange a walk with your friends and family or organise a bigger walk and get your local community involved. Or you can join a walk organised by one of our supporters near you.

By raising sponsorship, you and your friends will be helping VSO continue our vital health work with women like Tabita. You won’t just be raising money. You’ll be changing lives.

Join a walk:

March 5:

London (North Woolwich)
This walk from St John’s Community is on Friday 5 March (not Sunday 7) and likely to take approximately three hours.

March 7:

A walk along up to the River Don, then back down to the River Dee.

Walk in Birmingham’s Sutton Park – a 5km circuit in the city’s biggest park (pushchair and wheelchair friendly) – with longer and shorter options through park or woodland. A choice of start times – 11am or 2.30pm.

A walk from Chesterton along the River Cam crossing to the village of Fen Ditton (approx five miles).

Cherry Willingham
A seven-mile walk around Cherry Willingham.

A walk along the Sandstone Trail which is easy hills, across farmland and along some country roads.

The coastal walk along the south-west path between Looe and Polperro.

Devon (Barnstaple)
Enjoy the beautiful views over the Barnstaple Estuary on this walk along the Tarka Trail.

Devon (near Riverford Bridge)
An easy 6 mile walk via Dartington to Totnes and back again

Exeter (Exe Quay)
Full details will be published here when confirmed.

Full details will be published here when confirmed.

Our walk, starting by Kenilworth Castle, is six and half miles with a pub stop half way round. There is a shorter 2 mile walk option as well.

Keswick, Lake District
A walk starting at 11 am suitable for women of all ages and abilities up the wheelchair accessible path on Lattrigg Fell, near Keswick.

Lake District
Enjoy the stunning Lake District National Park with a walk starting in Keswick.

Take a walk around the Whisby Nature Park and enjoy its lakes, woodlands and wildlife. There will be a choice of six paths (most are suitable for wheelchairs and prams).

Liverpool (Albert Dock)
A six-mile walk starting from the historical Albert Dock.

London (Richmond Park)
Enjoy a walk around the largest Royal Park in London, home to hundreds of ancient oak trees and many species of birds.

A walk around the dramatic Alderley Edge with great views over the Cheshire Plain.

North Worcestershire
A five-mile walk around Hanbury, North Worcestershire.

Northamptonshire (Pitsford Reservoir)
A variety of walks around the Pitsford Reservoir. The walk is perfect for walkers with buggies.

Shropshire Hills
Five miles around Bishop Castle.

Full details will be published here when confirmed.

A walk from Killearn to Blanefield along the ‘pipe track’.

Sussex (South Downs)
With stunning views over the South Downs, this sponsored walk starts and ends at Devil’s Dyke.

Westonbirt Arboretum
Explore the Silk Wood area in Westonbirt Arboretum with a choice of a 5km or 10km walk.

Yorkshire Wolds

A gentle stroll through the beautiful Wolds countryside.

Mar 14:

Oxfordshire (Northmoor Trust)
Take a walk around the beautiful Northmoor Trust Estate and see the oldest known planted hilltop beeches in England. This walk is on Sunday 14 March.

For contact details for these walks and to check others that may be added go to

Or organise a walk

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