Join Date: Dec 2008
Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2
Maria Sharapova backs Emily's Big Walk fund-raiser
Wimbledon star Maria Sharapova lends her support to charity project Emily's Big Walk, which will raise funds for children with cancer. The charity is in honour of Emily Bailes, the girl who tossed the coin when Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004.Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has given her support to a charity raising money in memory of Emily Bailes, a girl who died of cancer at the age of eight in March 2008.
In 2004, aged five, Emily tossed the coin at the Wimbledon championships final in the year that Sharapova won the women's singles title. In August and September this year, there will be 15 fund-raising walking events throughout the UK, called Emily's Big Walk, which will raise funds for children with cancer.
Emily’s Big Walk, organised by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) at the University of Leicester, will feature an Olympic-style ‘torch’ being passed along various routes around the United Kingdom.
Sharapova said of the project: "I am delighted that Emily's Big walk is taking place and such a fantastic fund-raising event is being held in Emily's name. I have very fond memories of Emily and the time we spent together, especially at Wimbledon in 2004. I know she fought her illness very bravely and the walk will be a testament to all children who have done the same and continue to do so every day. I wish all the walkers and fund-raisers lots of luck."
The 2012 French Open champion has personally donated two of her own Centre Court tickets for Wimbledon 2013 and also offered the auction prize of being able to meet Sharapova.
For full details of events and how to donate see emilysbigwalk.org.uk
The final destination of the “torch” will be the Barbican Centre in London for the start of the prestigious International Paediatric Oncology Society Meeting, being hosted by CCLG in London in early October 2012. Emily’s Big Walk will earlier have gone through 14 destinations, and among those joining in the walk will be Bill Bryson, the author of Notes From A Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson said: "Emily's Big Walk is a tribute to all children diagnosed with cancer in this country. I'm delighted to be able to take part in the Newcastle leg."
Amanda Bailes, 44, said: "As Emily's mother, I'm hugely proud at what is being done in her name. I'm so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make the vision of Emily's Big Walk a reality."
Emily's Big Walk (CCLG),
3rd Floor, Hearts of Oak House,
9 Princess Road West, Leicester, LE1 6TH.
Tel: 0116 249 4460
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