On Sunday 17th September a team of 10 OneKind staff, volunteers and supporters took to the streets to walk the Kiltwalk and raise funds for OneKind.
The Kiltwalks are fun organised walks you can do to raise money for charity. There were four events this year, in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, with each offering a choice of distances to challenge you whatever your ability.
While eight of the participants opted to do the intermediate distance of 12 miles, two very brave ladies, Kim and Leigh took on the extra challenge of walking the full 26 miles – the same distance as a marathon!
We caught up with Leigh after the walk to find out how it went…
How long have you been a supporter/member of OneKind?
I came across a Onekind stall at Leith Market, Edinburgh at the beginning of August this year. I signed the petition for the ban on Hare culling and picked up a few leaflets as it was very busy! I hadn’t heard of Onekind until then.
Which area of OneKind’s work are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about the work Onekind does in securing the Protection of Wild Mammals Act in Scotland securing the ban on fox and hare hunting. I am also following the progress being made in introducing CCTV monitoring in Scottish abattoirs.
And what is your favourite animal?
The sloths is one of my favourite animals and more personally my dog Harry, the Kilted Dug……
What made you decide to fundraise for OneKind, and why the Kiltwalk in particular?
I contacted OneKind a few days later to ask if I could help in any way, but as I also work full-time I wasn’t sure how. Onekind asked if I would be interested in taking part in the Kiltwalk which I was. I have a dog so I do a lot of walking generally but wanted a challenge too so I agreed to do the 26 mile walk.
What did you do to get people to sponsor you for the event? And do you have any fundraising tips for people who are signed up to take part in upcoming Kiltwalks?
I posted on social media to my friends that I was taking part in the Kiltwalk on behalf of Onekind and told them a bit about the charity. I told my family and work colleagues and left a sponsor sheet with them. I had so much support from friends and family which really helped me to get through the 26 mile walk!
Do you have any pets? Did they get involved in the Kiltwalk too?
I have a little dog called Harry who met me at the end of the Kiltwalk wearing his Kilt! He is a 3 ½ year old Parsons Terrier / Lhasa Apso cross.
And how was the Kiltwalk itself of the day?
The day itself was great! The weather stayed dry and sunny for the most part and there was a great fun atmosphere. There are lots of pits stops to stop and take a breather and have a snack. This is the first time I have taken part in a Kiltwalk and I really enjoyed it, although it was really hard going doing the last few miles for me! The signs along the way for different charities definitely help to keep you motivated. There are some great views along the way and discovered a few places I hadn’t been to before.
Finally, do you have anything you’d say to people who are thinking about taking part in future Kiltwalks for OneKind?
If you are thinking of taking part in the Kiltwalk I’d say go for it – it’s a great day out and great fun! There are different walks for different fitness levels so whether you want to do it for fun or for more of a challenge it’s a great thing to do.
This year The Hunter Foundation is very kindly offering a 40% top up on all funds raised meaning that 140% of what is raised by our Kiltwalkers will go straight to our campaigns to save Scotland’s foxes! #TeamOneKind has already raised almost £1000, so a massive well done and thank you to everyone who took part. If you’d like to show the walkers your support by chipping in then you can visit the team fundraising page here.
If you’re interested in walking one of the Kiltwalks for OneKind in 2018 then head over to our Kiltwalk page and register your interest – we’ll let you know when the 2018 dates are announced!