Thursday 24 June 2010


Two intrepid challengers from Isaac Agnew Volkswagen are taking on a notoriously tough trek along The Great Wall of China in aid of Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Tracey McClelland from Moira and Julie Stevenson from Belfast will embark on a 80km trek across three sections of the Great Wall and have already raised over half of their fundraising goal of £8,000.

The Volkswagen duo became firm friends after meeting at Isaac Agnew a number of years ago. After discovering several close friends and family were diagnosed with Parkinson’s the determined pair felt they needed to do something to try and help.

It’s full speed ahead for the novice walkers, who with the help of their Isaac Agnew colleagues have already held a highly successful Charity Fashion Show at Comber Rec FC, raising over £1,000 from ticket sales and a raffle.

The trek, which takes place on the 18th September, will encompass some of the most remote, picturesque and toughest sections of the Great Wall, including Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. Reaching highs of 700 metres, the challenge, which Julie and Tracey have funded themselves, will take five days to complete.

“We felt compelled to help raise funds for this very worthy charity, so they can continue their research and provide much needed support to sufferers and their families” says Tracey, Quality and Training Coordinator at Isaac Agnew.

“Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition and there is currently no cure. It is heartbreaking to discover your close friends and loved ones are having to go through this. So in our quest for answers we came across the China trek, and given that we are not walkers, felt this would be a suitable fundraising challenge to help raise awareness.”

“We are so grateful to our Isaac Agnew colleagues, their support is unquestionable from so generously donating, to helping us make our Charity Fashion Show such a success.”

So far Julie and Tracey have raised £6,483, if you would like to donate and help them exceed their goal visit

For further information please contact Sue Foster or Becki Oake on 01902 714957 or email /

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