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Dundee charities sea the bright side of life

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DUNDEE charities gathered at Monifieth beach to launch the St Andrews to Dundee Kiltwalk, which takes place on August 20.

Charities including Enable Scotland, Cornerstone, Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society, Street Soccer, Advocating Together (Dundee) SCIO, Dundee United Community Trust and The Institute of Cardiovascular Research enjoyed sun, sea and sand in Monifieth, where the third Kiltwalk of the year will finish.

Joining the charity representatives was Dundee United living legend Paul Hegarty who took part in a friendly kick-about by the seaside.

Paul Hegarty urged individuals and businesses across Dundee and Tayside to sign-up and get walking. He said: “The Kiltwalk is a brilliant day, and the Dundee route could be the most picturesque of 2017. It’s the perfect opportunity to lace up your walking boots and raise money for charities close to your heart while having fun alongside other kind-hearted folk.”

The ‘Big Stroll’ (11 miles) and ‘Wee Wander’ (6 miles) take place on the same day as the 25-mile ‘Mighty Stride’, meaning people of all ages and abilities can take part. The Mighty Stride sets off at 9am from the world famous Old Course in St Andrews before heading onto the Fife Coastal Path. The route takes in iconic landmarks such as the Tay Bridge and Broughty Castle, allowing for some picture-perfect moments.

The Big Stroll leaves Tayport at 11am whilst the Wee Wander leaves Discovery Point at noon. All the walks finish at the Kiltwalk Village at Blue Seaway Playground, Monifieth Beach where a hot meal, a few drinks and a night of entertainment awaits.

Funds raised at last year’s Kiltwalk went to 282 Scottish children’s charities. This year, even more people will benefit as the Kiltwalk is now open to every Scottish charity.

For every pound raised, £1.40 will go to charity. This comes after Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation generously pledged that 140% of all fundraising at each of the four 2017 Kiltwalk events will go to charity.

Whether a walker raises £10 or £100 or more The Hunter Foundation will add 40% to their fundraising total with absolutely no limit.

Paul Cooney, Chief Executive of the Kiltwalk added: “We are thrilled to bring the Kiltwalk to Dundee. Our ambition is to turn the Kiltwalk into Scotland’s largest mass participation event, so we’re asking Dundonians of all ages to sign up and get involved.

“With the Dundee Kiltwalk just over a month away it’s the perfect time to start training. The Kiltwalk is the ideal way to make a real and lasting difference to charity whilst getting fit and having fun at the same time. The sense of accomplishment you feel when crossing the finishing line is something else.”

Kiltwalk has raised more than £3.5 million for Scottish charitable causes since 2011. The first Kiltwalk 2017 took place in Glasgow on April 30, whilst the second took place in Aberdeen on June 4, the remaining dates are: Dundee (August 20) and Edinburgh (September 17).

This year’s fundraising is further boosted by a pledge that one lucky Kiltwalker from each of the four 2017 events will win a brand new Renault Clio. All you need to do is register for any 2017 Kiltwalk and start fundraising to be in with the chance of winning the car.

Funds raised by those who choose to walk for the Kiltwalk itself will be distributed through the STV Children’s Appeal.

Meanwhile, Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation have agreed to fund the new Kiltie Charity Boost programme, which will see the Kiltie Volunteer Network generate money for their chosen charities. When Kilties sign-up, they will be asked which charity they would like to support and for every hour they volunteer Sir Tom Hunter will donate £1.40 to their charity.

To sign up for the Dundee Kiltwalk visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk