FRIDAY, MAY 4: Joan Dismont has already dusted off her walking shoes and pinned her number ‘25’ to her T-shirt.
For the last quarter of a century the 82-year-old great-grandmother has taken part in the End-to-End walk.
This year will be no different.
Organizers believe Ms Dismont could be the only islander to have taken part each of the 25 End-to-Ends since the annual fundraiser first began in 1988.
She said: “I just love the occasion. I always have.
“I must have raised more than $40,000 over the years.
“I get very excited in days leading up to the event and this year is no different.
“The first time I took part in it End-to-End in 1988, it was done the other way around so we walked from Dockyard to St George’s.
“That has obviously changed now and there are a few more cyclists these days than when I used to walk it.
“But some things are still the same like the feeling of crossing the finishing line and putting a smile on peoples’ faces as you walk passed.
“I guess my time has also increased a little bit over the years too, but that’s to be expected.”
Ms Dismont will line up with hundreds of other islanders on Saturday morning to take part in the 25th Catlin End-to-End.
Although she admits this might be the last one when she completes the whole course.
She said: “The only one I have not completed before was last year’s, but that was because I had to be at a funeral.
“So I only did the middle to end section.
“But this year I am just going to go out there and give it my best like I always do.
“I’ll be doing it with my daughter Michelle and she has done it around 15 times herself so it should be a lot of fun.
“I have always loved walking and I like to keep busy and active.
“My mom used to tell people I came out feet first.”