Douglas, Isle of Man –19 July 2023 – The Rotary Club of Douglas today announced the huge success of their annual Mini Parish Walk for Kids, sponsored by Callin Wild, which took place on Saturday 15 July at the Arboretum, St John’s.

Over 200 children took part in the event, which will raise about £20,000 for around 50 different charities. In only its third year, the event has become a popular summer event in the Isle of Man, and planning has already started to run it again in 2024.

“We are absolutely delighted with the success of this year’s Mini Parish Walk for Kids,” said Ivan Bratty, whose committee was responsible for organising the event. “It was a fantastic day, and we are so grateful to all of the children, parents, volunteers, and sponsors such as Callin Wild who made it possible.”

“The money raised will be used to support a wide range of charities on the Isle of Man, and we are proud to be able to make a difference to so many people’s lives. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year,” said Bratty.

The Mini Parish Walk for Kids is an age-appropriate walk of up to 2.5 kilometres around the Tynwald Hill Arboretum. Children are encouraged to raise money for their chosen charity, and there is special recognition for the children who raise the most money.

The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Douglas, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, with the help of many volunteers from the Scouts and other local organizations. Manx Timing Solutions were instrumental in ensuring that every child had a recorded time and completion record. Callin Wild was the primary sponsor of the event.

“We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make this event such a success,” said Charles Fargher, President of the Rotary Club of Douglas. “Without their help, it would not have been possible.”

The Mini Parish Walk for Kids is a great way for children to get some exercise, have fun, and raise money for a good cause. If you are interested in participating in next year’s event, please visit the Rotary Club of Douglas’ website at

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