Today, at Belfast City Hall, people from across Northern Ireland were hot off the mark to take part in Translink’s ‘My Way 5K’ in aid of its charity partner Cancer Focus NI. From 7am to 7pm, participants are donning their trainers and completing 50 laps for 50 years of Cancer Focus NI, their way – walking, jogging or running.
The event launched the public transport provider’s fourth annual Bus + Train Week initiative, celebrating all that’s good about active, sustainable travel and getting people moving.
All money raised will support funding for Cancer Focus NI’s Keeping Well Van which provides a vital service that helps people benefit from free health checks, cancer awareness and healthy lifestyle information directly at workplaces and communities across Northern Ireland.
Speaking after completing the 5K run, Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said:
“It’s been a fantastic morning here at Belfast City Hall, kicking-off our 12-hour My Way 5K and raising vital funds for Cancer Focus NI. It’s a great way to start the day and our week- long celebrations for Bus + Train Week 2019.
“Public transport plays a central role in encouraging more people to get active as most journeys require a walk or cycle to the bus stop or train station. We’ve chosen this event to launch this year’s Bus + Train Week celebrations, shining a spotlight on all that’s good about active, sustainable travel and getting people moving.
“We want to remind everyone that public transport is a convenient and smart way to keep active. Our full calendar of events this week will also highlight the many other benefits of public transport so please get on-board and join the celebrations!”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane, who also completed the 5k run today, said:
“I am delighted to be here today to support Translink’s ‘My Way 5K’ initiative, helping to strengthen the connections between health and transport within Belfast city.
“It’s important we recognise the potential benefits of moving to more sustainable forms of transport to help create healthier and connected communities, and a more vibrant city and stronger region – all aims within Council’s Belfast Agenda.”
Roisin Foster, Chief Executive, Cancer Focus NI, added:
“Being part of this unique event has been fantastic for us and we are delighted to see Translink focus attention on the importance of keeping fit. Educating people about the benefits of active travel options, not just for the city as a whole but for each individual, is super and we’ve enjoyed being involved.”
To find out more about Bus + Train Week 2019 (June 3-9), visit and join the conversation online @Translink_NI, #GetOnBoardNI.