Who We Are
The Kiltwalk Charities
Our original purpose was to bring Scotland's children's charities together, working together under an umbrella brand that would have more fundraising power than the individual charities combined. The current economic situation is squeezing charities hard – both the big national brands and the small, local community causes… all much loved and so important to the children of Scotland.
So far it's working well. 50% of Kiltwalkers tell us that they took part because of the umbrella proposition. And the grants that we make to our core beneficiaries in 2013 will make us the main corporate/event contributor to most of them.
Additionally we support hundreds of children's charities and causes by allowing Kiltwalk teams to nominate a cause close to their heart to receive a Kiltwalk grant of 50% of the sponsorship raised by the team. It has had a huge impact, accounting for 20% of all participants and 40% of the sponsorship income.
The Kiltwalk Community
In the two years since the Kiltwalk was created we've taken on a second purpose – to bring the people of Scotland together for our children.
A passionate, vibrant and driven network of supporters has developed, especially on social network sites such as Facebook. Leah Forbes, mum to Aine, who is currently being treated at Edinburgh Sick Kids said; "The Kiltwalk and the Kiltwalkers have kept me going some days when I honestly felt at breaking point. Strangers that I have never even met have made me laugh when I have felt like crying and supported me at my lowest points."
The Kiltwalk Kids
Many of the teams taking part are the family and friends of children supported by our charity partners – children who are battling against cancer and other life threatening conditions, and some who have lost their battle. We've come to know these kids and their families well and they inspire us daily.Visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk for more info
How We Work
With so many charity events to compete with our ethos is simple – to spoil our supporters!
Everything we do is aimed at improving their experience from the day they sign up. A friendly, very personal customer service; talking to them about why they have signed up, what their story is, how their training is going, and how we can help.
On the day our charities compete to provide the best pit stops along the route with free refreshments and entertainment. And at the finishing line we do everything we can to make sure there are thousands of fellow walkers to cheer them over the line with a Kiltwalk marquee, free food, bar and live music!
Lastly we follow up each event with an emotional celebration evening, where walkers are invited to present their Kiltwalk Grant to their nominated cause.
The Kiltwalk aims to operate without using the donations received from individual sponsors, leaving 100% available for grants.
Costs are met by other income streams such as event registration fees, corporate support, merchandise revenue and Gift Aid.
The Kiltwalk is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), no. SC042580
The Sunday Post
The Sunday Post has been part of Scottish culture for almost 100 years. It's the country's favourite family newspaper, entertaining nearly a million readers every week. And it's the home of the nation's most cherished comic-strip character, Oor Wullie.
The Kiltwalk owes The Sunday Post a huge thank you for their support — and for lending us Oor Wullie. The "Raise a £million for Oor Kids" is a clear statement of The Sunday Post's pledge to help us support Scotland's children.
Cash for Kids
Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in our communities. We aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and to achieve their individual potential, and support disabled and disadvantaged children through our grant giving process.
Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.
The Children's Hospice Association Scotland is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.
CLIC Sargent Scotland
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. They support children and young people with cancer from birth to 24 years-old and provide clinical, practical and emotional help using specialist nurses, social workers, youth workers and play specialists.
At CHILDREN 1ST we listen, we support and we take action to secure a brighter future for Scotland's vulnerable children. Our work is built on over 125 years' experience as the RSSPCC. By working together with and listening to children, young people, their families and communities, and by influencing public policy and opinion, we help change the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
The Aila Coull Foundation
The Aila Coull Foundation's main aim is to help fund research into newer, better treatments and ultimately a cure for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. It's named for Aila who sadly lost her battle with this aggressive condition in September 2012, aged only 16 months.
Register your place on the Cash for Kids team!
The Kiltwalk - Speyside 2014 starts from Buckie and finishes in Aberlour on Sunday 14th September 2014.
When registering your place on the Kiltwalk website please make sure you choose 'MFR Cash for Kids' as your team, using the code 'MFR'.Register Online
26/13 miles: £20 (plus £1.10 processing cost)
Wee Walk: Adult £10 (plus £0.55 processing cost), Child £5 (plus £0.25 processing cost)
Each Kiltwalker is asked to aim to raise a minimum of £100 (£50 for children)