One of Wales' biggest fundraising events of the year is giving people the chance to set foot on one of the most hallowed turfs in world rugby alongside Olympic swimming hero David Davies.
The Kidney Wales Foundation's Specsavers Cardiff Walk for Life takes place on March 29 and is one of just 50 walks expected to take place across Wales that day to help raise vital, life-saving funds to transform the lives of children suffering with kidney failure and disease.
The Specsavers Cardiff Walk for Life will set out from the Welsh Institute of Sport in Sophia Gardens at 11.30am and finish with a lap of the historic Cardiff Arms Park in its final season before the Cardiff Blues move to their new ground alongside Cardiff City.
Kidney Wales' newest supporter, swimming star David Davies, will be swapping his goggles for a pair of trainers to take part in the family-fun event and is urging people from across the city to join him in helping the many children in Wales whose lives are dependent on dialysis because of renal failure.
The Barry-born swimmer, who won silver in the 10K open swim at last year's Beijing Olympics, said: "When I think that for every hour I spend training in the pool some children are in hospital receiving treatment or waiting for a transplant, it makes me really want to do my bit and show my support for Kidney Wales and the children affected by kidney disease.
"As a child I used to go swimming and play football all the time but many children with kidney failure don't have that privilege because their treatment takes hours and it makes them so tired.
"The chance to help change their lives and walk around the Arms Park with hundreds of supporters is going to be an amazing moment and you don't have to have an Olympic medal to take part. I hope that people in Cardiff will bring their friends and come and join me on March 29 to help make a real difference."
The Specsavers Cardiff Walk for Life will be one of the last-ever opportunities to walk the hallowed Arms Park turf where Wales famously beat the All-Black's in 1953, and legends like Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards and Gareth Thomas thrilled fans with many memorable tries.
This year, the charity hopes to raise £100,000 to fund a number of projects across Wales aimed specifically at helping children suffering with kidney problems. These include a complete refurbishment programme to transform the Children's Kidney Unit in Cardiff, which cares for children from across Wales.
Other sport stars and celebrities attending the Cardiff Walk for Life include Commonwealth boxing champion Nathan Cleverly, players from the Cardiff Blues, and TV presenter Sarra Elgan, who is one of the ambassadors for this year's Walk for Life.
Roy J. Thomas, Chairman of the Kidney Wales Foundation, said: "We're delighted that David has kindly offered to support this year's walk in Cardiff and he will help to make this year's Walk for Life the biggest ever as we try to help the hundreds of children in Wales affected by kidney disease and failure."
To find out where your nearest Walk for Life is or for information on how to organise one please contact the Kidney Wales Foundation team on 029 2034 3940 or visit http://www.kidneywales.com/
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