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Walking in Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
On the 24 & 25th March 2012, we went to the Isle of Wight for what has become our annual charity walk raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Did you know that around 30,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK every year?  We know of many stories in our Samaj which is why this is a good charity to support. The money goes towards research into blood cancer and trying to find a cure for all these diseases.
 
iow2Again the group was led by Nitin and Mina Changela. We took off from the Samaj to catch a ferry in Southampton. With a full coach of 50 (double from last year) our journey started. Soon the food started going round and the Antakshari began! We were all in high spirits and eager by the time we got there. We caught the ferry and drove to our hotel in Cowes. A quick lunch and rest before we headed off to start the walk in Tennyson Down. Last year it was a flat terrain. This year it was an arduous, scenic walk of hills, flat terrain and rocks. However, we were truly blessed to have beautiful warm weather, a stunning scenery and brilliant company. I would like to give a special mention to Aarav Saperia who aged 4 completed the full walk with a smile on his face and not a 
 
single complaint. I also want to mention the other youngsters, Jasmine Dedakia (11),  Shay (11) and Diya Modia (10)  and especially to Prafullaben  Makadia.  She came to Devon last year but could not do the whole walk. This time she managed the full 10k and even had a go at us for not keeping up with her!!
 
The next day we went to Ventnor Beach for a relaxing rest (it was needed!!). Ventnor is a beach sheltered by high cliff on which a Victorian terraced town is built. There is a small promenade of cafes, beach shops.  
 
Beautiful weather, breath-taking scenery, mouth-watering food and good company. What more could you ask for!!! Overall it was a fabulous weekend (even the sore legs cannot take away from it). 
 
So far we have raised a generous £3,500 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research from those on the trip and other members of the Samaj.  We are still collecting, so if you would like to donate please contact:   Nitin Changela -  nitin@london.com.
A big thank you to Nitin Changela for once again organising another fantastic trip. I am looking forward to next year, who knows we might double once again!!                                                            
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