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Record numbers take the Challenge of their Life

14 June 2013

Over 1000 people will  participate in the UK’s premier outdoor charity event – the Caledonian Challenge with people travelling from as far afield as Canada and the USA to take part.

The Caledonian Challenge sees participants endure a 54 mile walk in 24 hours, passing through some of Scotland’s most beautiful and picturesque landscapes, starting at Gairlochy, and finishing in Strathfillan. During the challenge, participants have views of the UK’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis, as well walking along the famous West Highland Way.

In addition to the main event, those not up to walking the 54 miles took part in the sister challenge, the Caledonian Hike. A 24 mile highland trek, helping to encourage even greater numbers to participate.

Since the first Challenge in 1996 the event has raised over £12m for Foundation Scotland, which has been distributed to charities and community groups across Scotland. Lead sponsor Baillie Gifford has guaranteed support for a further two years ensuring that all monies raised will go to deserving causes.

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive Foundation Scotland said “The event is a landmark in the charity fundraising calendar. The walk is a real test of endurance and fitness that requires months of training and team work – but leaves participants with a huge sense of achievement. The Challenge has been responsible for improving people’s lives up and down the country since the very first event back in 1996. Participant numbers have eclipsed those of last year’s event putting fundraising expectations at an all time high.

The more funds raised by the Caledonian Challenge, the more people Foundation Scotland can help.”

Many teams head home to sign up again for next year so if you want to be part of Scotland’s premier outdoor challenge and make a difference to people the length and breadth of Scotland in 2014 you can register your interest at www.caledonianchallenge.com

Note to Editors:
The Caledonian Challenge was founded by two Scots, Angus MacDonald and Alex Blyth, in 1996. Inspired by a walking event in Hong Kong, they wanted to bring a similar challenge to Scotland's rugged and beautiful West Highland region. Since its inception, the Caledonian Challenge has grown from just 17 walkers raising £16,000 to become Scotland's top charity endurance event.

Since 1997, the Caledonian Challenge has raised a total of more than £12m for Foundation Scotland, helping fund projects that range from youth theatres to elderly support groups, drugs advice services to healthy eating initiatives

Foundation Scotland (formerly the Scottish Community Foundation) has been connecting philanthropists with exceptional charities, enterprises and community opportunities since 1996.

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives. For more information visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk

For further information please contact Jan Torrance, Head of Communications or Jacqui Morris Communications Executive on 0141 341 4960.

 

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