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Girl-band quartet tune up for Hyde Park charity walk; BREAST CANCER: Stride for Life launched country-wide.

THE four starlets who have created quite a storm in the world of classical music are set to stride out for charity.

All-girl band Bond, featuring Wales's own Eos Chater, are helping to promote Stride for Life in London's Hyde Park next month.

The stunning quartet will put their best feet forward for the 10km stroll, which is due to take place on Sunday, October 27, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bond were controversially banned from the UK classical music charts after their debut album Born went gold in 14 countries.

The band yesterday began promoting the fun walk, which is set to attract thousands of participants.

The four musicians set out, instruments in hand, from the Royal Albert Hall - where they have performed numerous sell-out concerts - and made their way to Hyde Park's famous Band Stand to promote the forthcoming fundraiser.

Band member Tania Davis, who plays viola, said, ``My step-sister Michelle died of breast cancer when she was 26, the age I am now. I was seven then and didn't really understand. ``I've been shown by my GP how to do the checks and it's so important for everyone to do them.''

Haylie Ecker (first violin) added, ``Each of us knows someone, either family members or friends, who have been affected by breast cancer. It is staggering to think that one in nine women will get breast cancer at some stage of their lives.''

The Hyde Park event is the flagship in a series of more than 40 10km walks organised by Cancer Research UK during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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FOUR ABREAST: Classical music quartet Bond (from left) Gay-Yee Westerhoff, Haylie Ecker, Eos Chater and Tania Davis, during a photocall in London's Hyde Park yesterday to launch Stride for Life, a 10km stroll due to take place on October 27 as the highlight of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 26, 2002
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