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Yellow Army Big Walk

29 January 2015

Appeal for fans to take part for two outstanding charities

The Yellow Army has launched its next ‘Big Walk’ and is appealing for fans to take part for two special causes.

Proceeds from the ‘Big Walk 2′ will be split between the Oxford United Youth and Community Sports Trust and Oxford Domestic Abuse Services.

The eagerly awaited walk will consist of four different routes, all taking place simultaneously on Saturday February 21st and ending at the stadium ahead of the home game against Mansfield Town.

Yellow Army walkers will set off from Woodstock, Cholsey, Eynsham and Thame.

Each walk is around 12 miles and more details on timings will follow.

A number of staff from ODAS have signed up to take part in the Big Walk 2 and are "delighted" by the Yellow Army's backing.

Oxford Domestic Abuse Services supports women, men and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Pam Vasir, Group Director of Supported Housing at A2Dominion, which runs ODAS, said:
"Our heart-felt thanks goes to the Yellow Army and Oxford United for their support - a number of our team are Oxford United fans, so it's a perfect partnership.

"We'll be fully supporting the Yellow Army's Big Walk 2 and look forward to taking part ourselves and cheering on Oxford United afterwards. 

"Our service is facing funding cuts of 40% next year, so it has really lifted our teams’ spirit to know Oxford United fans care and back our work.

"Every penny raised really will make a difference and help us help vulnerable members of our communities, so we hope as many  people as possible get involved in the walk.

"ODAS is crucial in safeguarding people affected by domestic abuse in Oxfordshire, the service receives more than 2,000 calls a year and helps, both directly and indirectly, thousands children annually."

Simon  Hathaway  of the Yellow Army added: "We're really looking forward to the Big walk 2 and hope it will build on the success of last year's event.

"This time we have chosen another fantastic local charity who are unsung heroes.

"We hope as many United fans as possible embrace this event either by taking part in the walk, or by making a donation, or sponsoring a walker."

Last year, United Milk Cup winners Les Phillips and Alan Judge joined the successful Yellow Army Big Walk which raised thousands of pounds which was split 50/50 between the Oxford United Youth and Community Trust and local hospice Helen and Douglas House.

Please email yellowarmybigwalk2@gmail.com to register your interest in taking part in this wonderful community event.


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