Walk will go ahead 

This year’s global walk to celebrate the value of older people will go ahead at Cambridge Raceway as planned on September 27, unless there is a reversal of Covid levels.

Organiser Florence Shearman said the event would proceed if current Covid levels remain in place.

“We can manage the numbers at Level 2, so are going ahead with planning the event as things stand right now.”

Florence said the Monday global walk event will start with entertainment from about 9.45am, featuring the popular Cambridge Rotary band, The Bruised Brothers.  The walk itself will start around 10.30am, and Florence hopes children from Cambridge Primary School may be able to attend with their parents and grandparents.

Global events marking the initiative have been held annually since 1990 after the United Nations General Assembly declared October 1 the International Day of Older Persons.

The stated UN principle was that older persons should be able to live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation and physical or mental abuse; that they should be treated fairly, regardless of age, gender, race or ethnic background, disability or other status, and be valued independently of their economic contribution.

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