At 11 a.m. on Wednesday June 4 Shona Robison, and a number of other MSPs including Conservative leader Annabel Goldie, plus supporters from the local Sikh Temple and a dhoula (Punjabi drum), will assemble outside the Parliament Building to wish good luck to 72 year old Balwant (Bobby) Singh Grewal. He will be setting off on a 500 mile walk from the Scottish Parliament towards his destination, the English Houses of Parliament, which he will reach five weeks later on 9th July 2008.
Bobby is undertaking this walk to raise money for research into bowel cancer and other bowel diseases at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, a hospital unique in the UK. He’s aiming for £1,000,000.
He is no stranger to personal challenges: a keen sportsman all his life, in 2001 he ran the London Marathon in just over 5 hours, and in 2004/5 (aged 68) he completed an extraordinary walk covering 2,500 miles across India from the North-West frontier to the deep South. This walk raised £100,000 for research into Cancer and AIDS.
Bobby is a remarkable man in many ways. Born in Punjab, India, he has lived in Britain since 1958 and is very proud to be British, not having forgotten the values of life he inherited from his birthplace. He has worked as a successful property developer and now passionately believes in giving something back to the society which has given him a very good life during his time in Britain.
More information about Bobby’s walk and St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow from:
Jane Martin at à propos
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