From Dumfries to Dingwall, families and individuals from all over Scotland donned their tartan to undertake their unique challenges as part of the Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend.
The three-day-long virtual version of the Kiltwalk got underway on Friday 11 September and closed Sunday 13 September. More than 13,000 participants took part individually or in small groups to ensure social distancing.
The virtual weekend replaced the final Kiltwalk of the year, due to be held in Edinburgh, and Kiltwalkers across Scotland were urged to take part. Participants were challenged to get active in whatever way they wanted, whilst adhering to the current restrictions, to raise funds for charities of their choice. Many charities are struggling after losing income to COVID-19.
Sir Tom Hunter said:
“I know we’ve not been able to walk together this year which is a shame, but my goodness, have you folks in Scotland got out, hopped, skipped, jumped and walked for the charities that you care about, and it’s brilliant!
“So far, this year we’ve helped over 900 different Scottish charities and raised £3 million – that’s £1.5 million from you and £1.5 million from The Hunter Foundation. There has never been a time when the folks who need it most need your help, and Scotland has come together. It absolutely warms the cockles of my heart, so thank you so much for your Kiltwalk Kindness.”
Kiltwalk CEO, Paul Cooney said:
“It was amazing to see so many people getting involved in our virtual event. Our fantastic Kiltwalkers brought some cheer to their local communities over the weekend and their Kiltwalk Kindness will deliver a welcome boost to Scottish charities when the funds they’re raising are distributed later this month.”
Fundraising for the Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend is set to continue until 21 September. Following this date, Sir Tom Hunter, through The Hunter Foundation, will top up by 50% the total amount raised, with every penny going to cash-strapped charities which have been struggling amid the pandemic.
For further information about the Kiltwalk visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk.