This Sunday (29 April) the Kiltwalk will take one giant leap towards becoming Scotland’s largest charity mass participation event.
Last year, 7,300 walkers at the Glasgow event raised at total of £1.4 million – including a 40% top-up by Sir Tom Hunter – helping nearly 400 charities.
However, just as boots are made for walking, records are made to be broken and this year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk is all set to do just that.
With more than 10,000 people signed-up, the charity total for this year’s event is poised to break the £2 million mark.
This is thanks in part to the unique fundraising boost by Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, which adds a 40% top-up to all funds raised by walkers.
This year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk is set to be a star-studded affair with rugby legend Doddie Weir, Commonwealth Games Boxing Champion Charlie Flynn and STV Weatherman Sean Batty releasing the first wave of walkers from Glasgow Green at 9am.
Kiltwalk CEO, Paul Cooney, said: “We’ve gone from 4,000 walkers two years ago to more than 10,000 walkers on Sunday and this is going to have a hugely positive impact for Scotland’s charities.
“I’m in so proud of our staff and volunteer Kilties who put in a tremendous amount to make this happen. And we couldn’t achieve this without the support of nearly 600 charities and our amazing sponsors who have been with us every step of the way as the event has grown.
“However, our biggest debt of gratitude is to the Kiltwalkers themselves. Their efforts over whatever distance they tackle, 23 miles or 15 or 6 miles, will make such a difference for people in the West of Scotland who most need their help.”
Showcasing one of many tremendous causes being supported, toddler Lily O’Donnell and mother Cheryl, who are raising funds for Wishaw Neonatal Unit and walking in memory of Lily’s twin brother Lachlan born at just 25 weeks, will lead off the Mighty Stride.
Paul added: “The event itself is incredibly special as people from across Glasgow, the West and beyond come together for a variety of different reasons with one common goal – to make a difference. And that’s what makes the Kiltwalk unique.”
Every penny and pound raised by the more than 10,000 Kiltwalkers will go to the charities they choose. Kiltwalkers will give 140% of their fundraising total to their chosen charity thanks to the support of The Hunter Foundation and other key sponsors.
Those taking part will walk one of three distances. The first wave of Kiltwalkers taking on the 23 mile Mighty Stride, which starts at Glasgow Green, will leave at 9am. Elsewhere, a 15 mile Big Stroll leaves Clydebank at 10.30am and a six mile Wee Wander will leave from the endsite at Loch Lomond at noon.
Walkers will be fed, watered and entertained throughout the event with fresh fruit plus water, chocolate biscuits, shortbread and soup.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will provide a soundtrack to walkers’ celebrations at the endsite at Moss O Balloch Park. To sign up for the Glasgow Kiltwalk this Sunday, visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk.