More than 200 charities were given a massive boost today when they raised over £300,000* at the weekend’s Dundee Virtual Kiltwalk which was then doubled to £600,000 + by Scots philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter.
In a video message to walkers via the Evening Telegraph today (July 7) Sir Tom said he was so blown away by the efforts of the 1,152 Kiltwalkers that he decided to increase his pledge of a 50% boost to 100%.
And he said, ”I realise that many charities are in desperate straits because so many events have been wiped-out by the COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. And charities are struggling to help people who need support like never before. And when I saw great people going out in all weather over the weekend walking, cycling, kayaking, space-hopping ** and more for what they care about, I knew The Hunter Foundation wanted to match these efforts pound for pound”.
The extraordinary generosity of people in Scotland at a time of real challenge just sums up Scotland for me – a nation of people who care for one another; we can’t lose that spirit going forward.
“Thanks so much to you, for coming out, for getting involved and raising money for the folks that need it most. Thank you so much for your Kiltwalk Kindness”
So far in 2020, the Kiltwalkers in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, despite not being able to walk all together, have raised over £1.2 million and that has been doubled to £2.4 million by The Hunter Foundation helping 904 charities all over Scotland.
Some of the beneficiaries include:
*As of today walkers had raised £301,560 with this number anticipated to increase once final funds are in place
** Kiltwalk Virtual offered people the chance to fundraise in whatever manner they choose