Final fling for fundraisers

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North-east women are being encouraged to get their bling on and take part in a fundraising event in aid of two local causes.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the third - and final - Bling Fling event, raising money to equip a breast care centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and for Aberdeen-based charity Archway.

The emphasis is on fun, friendship and support with participants enjoying a sponsored 10K (6 mile) walk along the old Deeside railway line, from Duthie Park to Cults, and back again. The route is fully accessible with shorter options suitable for those who want to be part of the event but at a more leisurely pace.

After the walk, participants can then swap their trainers for dancing shoes as they head to Duthie Park’s Winter Gardens to recover from their day’s efforts with a fun filled party.

Bling Fling was created by Sonja Rasmussen and Janine Davies. Following her own personal battle with cancer, Sonja decided that it was time to give something back to those who had helped her during her treatment, and Janine – who lost her mother to breast cancer – agreed to help.

Sonja said: “Since the first Bling Fling in 2009, almost £150,000 has been raised and I am truly delighted with the level of support the event has received.

“With this Final Fling we will create a new breast care centre within ward 42 at ARI, so women who have just been diagnosed with cancer will be able to have a calm place they can always go to with any concerns or queries they may have.”

Janine added: “The Bling Fling is a tremendous event and one that everyone who takes part in thoroughly enjoys.

“As well as raising money for the charities, all the ladies who take part have a great day and barely even notice the distance they have walked.”

Anyone who is unable to take part on the day, but is interested in contributing to the cause, can make donations through the website - For further information on the ‘Bling Fling, Trainers & Tiaras Charity Walk & Party’ event visit