Go the extra mile for Sunderland legend Niall Quinn

The launch of Niall's Mile, at the Stadium of Light.
The launch of Niall's Mile, at the Stadium of Light.
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DESPITE stepping down as chairman of SAFC, Niall’s Miles are still going strong.

The annual series of community walks were launched this week to encourage Wearsiders to walk a mile for fun.

Niall, who is now international ambassador after quitting as Black Cat chairman, is expected to attend one in the series of walks which take place across the city this month.

There will also be a number of other special guests at the walks, which last year saw 4,500 people take part.

This year’s event will also feature a special Schools Day in which school children will be encouraged to raise money through walking a mile around their school.

The school which raises the most money will receive a visit from Sunderland AFC mascots Samson and Delilah.

Sunderland City Council physical activity development officer Laura Bartlett said: “Niall’s Mile is a great way of getting involved in physical activity.

“Most people can manage one mile and it’s a fun way of getting the family out and active together, as well as being for a great cause too.”

Dawn Day, SAFC Foundation Community fund-raising co-ordinator: “Niall’s Mile is a great event that almost everyone can get involved in and we look forward to making this year’s the best yet.”

Walkers are asked to pledge £1 to organisers SAFC Foundation prior to walking and receive a Niall’s Mile drawstring bag for participating.

Community groups and organisations are encouraged to contact Dawn on 551 5191 for further information about getting involved with Niall’s Mile.

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