Kiltwalk turns Dundee tartan

Dundee kiltwalk 2017 (11)

Photo by Elaine Livingstone

​Over 2,000 walkers raised money for their chosen charities on a walk from St Andrews to Dundee 

21st August 2017 by Georgina Harris 0 Comments

Yesterday over 2,000 people took part in the Dundee Kiltwalk to raise funds for their chosen charities.

For this year’s Kiltwalk events, Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation have guaranteed to give charities 140% of every penny that each walker raises.

Sir Tom said: “The success of the Kiltwalk is down to the amazing people who sign up and take part, walking for charities close to their hearts. The atmosphere was nothing short of incredible with everyone united in walking for good causes.”  

Two participants in the 25-mile Mighty Stride were 44-year-old Dundonian John MacGillivray and his two-year-old daughter Aria, who has achondroplasia (a form of dwarfism) and hydrocephalus. Both were raising funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland and the Dwarf Sports Association.

John commented: “I am so proud that Aria and I lead out the Mighty Stride today. Aria’s condition means she will have continued mobility needs and at times will need to use a wheelchair but by doing the Kiltwalk together I’m hoping this instils in her a belief that her differences don’t have to hold her back.”

45-year-old Vicki Forrester from Monifieth took part in the 11-mile Big Stroll, walking for Dundee Disabled Children’s Association which supports her son Isaac.

The 6-mile Wee Wander was led by 46-year-old Gillian Coleman from Broughty Ferry, who was raising money for Autism Support Angus and Dundee, a group which helps her young son Joshua.

Kiltwalk has raised over £4.8 million for Scottish charities since 2011 and has benefitted over 700 charitable organisations this year alone.

Volunteers were also able to take part in the fundraising as for every hour of time they donated, The Hunter Foundation will gift £1.10 to each volunteer’s chosen charity.

The final Kiltwalk of 2017 will be in Edinburgh on Sunday 17 September, with sign up information available on the Kiltwalk website.