Fundraising Heroes: Glasgow Kiltwalk

I love Kiltwalk so much, I’m doing my 9th one this year!

Ali is one of our fundraising heroes who is taking on the Mighty Stride in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Kiltwalks this year. Read on to find out what motivates him to support the STV Children’s Appeal, and for his fundraising and training tips.

I’m Ali from Glasgow and this year, I’m taking on the mighty stride in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Kiltwalk events. It’s my second year doing the Kiltwalk for STV Children’s Appeal, a charity that I am proud to support.

I’ve done the Kiltwalk so many times because I love fundraising. It means a lot to be able to help others and this is a great way to do it. I always feel so proud of myself after I complete a Kiltwalk. I’m supporting the STV Children’s Appeal because I want to help as many children as I can who suffer from poverty, and I want to see less poverty in my city.

I’m quite lucky that my job requires a lot of walking – getting all those steps in at work really helps me prepare for my Kiltwalk, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still get sore feet in the end! My advice is to practise with long walks before the day, wear the right footwear and take plenty of snacks.

It also helps to sign up with someone you’re close to. Last year, I did the walk with my 69-year-old dad. We had a great laugh on the walk with each other and chatting to folk from the other charities. He was such a hero for making it halfway, I made sure I got to the end and collected a medal for him too.

I’m taking on the walk again with my dad this year and I’m hoping to raise as much as I can for the Appeal. I’ve got my Just Giving page set up, which I’ve shared with friends, family and colleagues, and I’ve shared it on my Facebook and Instagram page too, which helps boost donations.

I can’t wait for the big day and to do it again in Edinburgh in September.

To join Ali, sign up to do the Glasgow Kiltwalk for STV Children’s Appeal: