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US walker Polly on world tour

THERE are easier ways to see the world, but for Polly Letofsky there was only one option.

POLLY Letofsky
POLLY Letofsky

THERE are easier ways to see the world, but for Polly Letofsky there was only one option.

And last week, the 40-year-old American was welcomed to town by the Accrington Lions as part of her charity walk around the world.

In August 1999, Polly, who joined the Lions Club of Australia during her tour, sold her possessions and rented out her Colorado home before setting off on her gruelling 15,000-mile journey.

Three-and-a-half years later, she has walked around 10,000 miles - an average of 15 miles a day - and raised money for various charities all over the world. She hopes to complete her challenge in August 2004, when she will have walked through more than 20 countries in four continents.

Polly, who pushes the clothes and toiletries she needs around in a buggy, was personally welcomed by Accrington Lions' Past District Governor Tony Clarkson and his wife Joan.

She has been fundraising for the Breast Cancer Campaign during her tour of England, and it is estimated she will make a total of £3,000 for the cause.

She said: "I've always been in shape so I didn't need to do much training, but this is something I've always wanted to do. When I was 34, I had a year in my life when a lot of people around me had breast cancer, which is when I decided to do the walk around the world.

"Breast cancer is in every town all over the world and every single woman on the planet is at risk of getting it."

She added: "I've had a great walk and my trip to England has been really enjoyable. I love walking around and seeing all the different places along the way."

Richard Anstey, president of Accrington Lions, said they would be making a donation to the Breast Cancer Campaign, and added: "I think it is a tremendous effort and Accrington Lions are proud to support her."


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