RSABI, the rural charity behind the annual Great Glen Challenge, is calling on the country’s rural sector to donate generously to this year’s participants as they prepare for the 70km race on Friday 28 August.
The event, which for the first time this year has attracted a full quota of 100 participants from 25 rural businesses and organisations – including Dunbar based Watson’s Seeds – has already raised tens of thousands of pounds since it was established in 2012, and RSABI is urging people to be generous and help break the £50,000 barrier for the event this year alone.
All funds raised are crucial to help RSABI support more people in need throughout rural Scotland in these testing times.
The RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2015 is sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, solicitors, with support from partners NFUS, Royal Bank of Scotland, CKD Galbraith, Bank of Scotland and media sponsor, The Scottish Farmer, which all enter teams. Competitors will cycle, kayak, walk and run down the Great Glen from Invermoriston to Neptune’s Staircase; teams are also vying with each other to raise the greatest amount of money.
RSABI event director, Paul Tinson said:
“The fact that this year’s Great Glen Challenge has reached its competitor target of 100 participants is tremendous news and should help the event raise more money than ever for RSABI.
“Scotland has a tightly knit rural population and because this year’s teams represent a wide range of land-based professions, most people will know or have links to someone taking part. We all need support from time to time or know someone who does, and it is this interdependence which underlines how important it is that so many people in the rural community help each other when times are tough.
“Thankfully, that doesn’t mean we all have to compete in the Glen – instead, folk can demonstrate their own generosity by donating to their favourite team now or directly to RSABI Great Glen Challenge online at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/RSABI. Alternatively, you can call the event hotline on 0300 111 4166 to donate.
Jane Ritchie, Head of Marketing at CKD Galbraith, which has entered three teams for this year’s Challenge said:
“This is the second year CKD Galbraith has taken part in the Challenge, which is again clearly creating some healthy in-house competition between the teams, motivating them to train hard and create some fun events, not to mention baking challenges along the way to help them meet their fundraising targets.
“We are delighted to continue our support of the Great Glen Challenge and hope to raise as much money as possible to support RSABI and ensure its vital work continues.”