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Zumba Fundraiser

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When?  

Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10:30-12:00

Where?

St Stephen’s Centre, Stockbridge

What?

Fundraising Zumba class by Suzanne

Read what she says:

Please come along and help me to raise some money for this local charity. It’s Good 2 Give does tremendous work in Ward 2 of Edinburgh Sick Kids to help bring the ‘extras’ that make a long hospital stay slightly less horrid for kids and parents alike. Now they also have the Ripple Retreat on Loch Venacher, a house where children and their families, from across Scotland, can go to be ‘normal’ and enjoy time together.

FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL!

How much and how to get tickets?

Tickets are £8, buy in class or email Suzanne on  hoppi@postmaster.co.uk for payment details via PayPal.

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Susie B’s team

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Hello, my name is Susie Bradley and I am so privileged to be a trustee for It’s Good 2 Give.
I became involved with the charity after they supported my family when our daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 9 years old. I love everything they stand for and after experiencing their support personally, I know what a difference our fundraising can make to families going through the most awful diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a sick child.
That is why I am walking all four Kiltwalks this year, with the most amazing team of friends…Andy Simpson, Lee and Laura Fisher, Gary Sutherland, Lana Schofield and Martin Kennedy….together we are “The Caley Crew”!
We all work together in our ‘day jobs’ and we are all avid supporters of the charity…..we have been doing car boot sales, cake & candy stalls, tombolas, etc, to raise funds for our Kiltwalk efforts…..all this fundraising and our numerous training walks have kept the team very busy this year!
The banter on our walks is fantastic. I even put up with the football chat!
On the 4th walk this weekend, we will be joined by a few more pals and we can’t wait to share our Kiltwalk banter with them.
Andy is already working on what we are going to be doing next year!

Susie’s inspiration – her amazing daughter Sammi (now 18 and super healthy!)

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – our speediest walker – Elaine!

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Hi I’m Elaine a long time supporter and trustee for it’s good 2 give charity.

The reason I signed up to walk 4 kiltwalks in 2018 is for a few reasons, firstly let’s be honest when Lynne asks who fancies a challenge who can actually resist, as she is such a caring and inspirational lady who founded the charity and works endlessly to run it, can any of us actually say NO!!

Secondly I became involved after meeting Lynne when my son Aaron was undergoing over 3 years of treatment for Leukaemia, the help we received from charities made a huge difference to our difficult time and I always vowed after Aaron got the all clear I would go that extra mile to raise whatever money I could to help others in the same situation so I thought why not walk 100 miles, 4 kiltwalks and admire some of Scotland famous cities.

Thirdly we know how lucky we are that Aaron is well today 23 years old and in March he will be 10 years off treatment and all the steps I walk for charity is nothing compared with the steps the children take whilst going through treatment.

The charity does amazing work providing practical support and has a beautiful ripple retreat where families can enjoy a break , so go ahead join us, cheer us , sponsor us, get involved, it certainly gives you great satisfaction knowing your helping make a difference. ( keeps you fit too 😉).

(ps from Lynne – you will have to be fast if you want to see Elaine – def our speediest walker! Awesome lady with awesome family – love them to bits)

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – this time it’s the ‘Boss’

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Note from Lynne – Shonagh has written a guest blog post about her participation in all 4 Kiltwalks this year.

She and I have worked our socks off (literally) all year to make this the best fundraising and fun opportunity for our charity.  Thanks also to Trustee Joanna doing an impressive one woman recruitment drive we have over 320 walkers walking for us.

I take my hat off to Shonagh and Jo.

Shonagh really has been Kiltwalk ‘Boss’ this year.

Read her story here…….

I decided to walk all four Kiltwalks and walking 26 miles on each walk … because each mile represents Evie’s 26 months of her life.

If you don’t know who Evie is, she is our daughter who will forever be 2 years 2 months…. she is the little sister of our amazing son Alfie who is walking Edinburgh’s 5 miles and she is the inspirational girl of many, many people!

Evie has touched the hearts of her local community in Dunfermline, and beyond! In May 2013 cancer killed her. I hate cancer, and I will do everything I can to help make the lives of young cancer patients and their families easier.

It’s Good 2 Give does just so, it provides practical support to families who’s children have cancer all over Scotland and more recently it opened the doors to the Ripple Retreat, a place where families can go for a short break to escape from the trap of cancer, its tranquil , peaceful, and full of love and fun. It can’t cure cancer but it can bring families closer and create beautiful memories. I am teary as I write this as you can’t ever know what it’s like to live through seeing your child hurt so much through cancer and it’s treatments until it happens to your child, and anything that can help just that tiny bit, can make a huge impact.

I know It’s Good 2 Give does all this because my family was that family who received the support through such a horrible time.

Please, if you can walk 6, 13 or 26 miles or looking for a challenge to push yourself…. I would love for you to join us next year in one or more of the Scottish Kiltwalks – too late to sign up now for Sunday! Though you can still offer to volunteer or cheer on our walkers

ask yourself WHAT WOULD EVIE DO?

She would do it , and sing and dance all the way

Thank you to the moon and back

Shonagh

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Kerr family

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Since our son / brother Tiernan was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago we have been huge supporters of It’s Good 2 Give! After experiencing first hand just how much cancer treatment can affect the whole family we know how invaluable the support from It’s Good 2 Give is / can be for families during the most unpredictable times.

It’s Good 2 Give! is a real team effort and this is shown in many ways. The dedication from Lynne, Ian and the team is incredulous as they spend so much time and put so much love into the charity to help in as many different ways as possible.

Our family (Mark, Carla, Caitlin, Arianna, Tiernan and Ellamae) have organised a few events this year to help towards our Kiltwalk fundraising

  • Sponsored haircut for the Princes Trust
  • Golf Competition
  • Tenpin Bowling Competition
  • Bagpacking
  • Raffles
  • Tombolas
  • Bake sales
  • Teddy sales

From these events we have managed to raise over £5200 for It’s Good 2 Give! and we know this will make a huge difference. 

Mark and Arianna (kneeling down in the photo below) are so excited to be part of the IG2G kiltwalk team next week in Edinburgh. Bring it on!

 

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Team Remember Zoe King

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My name is Briony Sharp and this year, along with a group of friends, we are doing the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in memory of our wonderful friend Zoe who sadly lost her battle with soft tissue sarcoma on this day in 2007, 5 days before her 18th birthday. Myself, Rhona, Scott, Amy and Gemma (Team RememberZoeKing) have been putting the in the miles to challenge ourselves and raise money for this cause which is very close to our hearts. It has now been 11 years since we said goodbye to Zoe but she always in our thoughts and very much with us throughout our lives. Training is going well – mostly!! Trying to the get team together for some walks in a challenge in itself but rest assured we will cross that line together thinking of Zoe. Through Zoe we were aware of Lynne and her charity work for young cancer patients in Edinburgh and across Scotland. The wonderful work Lynne and the team do through It’s Good 2 Give is truly inspirational and very much needed for young people and their families. We know Zoe would be really proud to be associated with everything the charity does, most recently the Ripple Retreat opened in 2017 on the banks of Loch Venachar. We feel very lucky to support this charity and it’s work in any way we can and appreciate all the support we have had.
Team RememberZoeKing x

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Trustee Fiona tells why she is doing 3 of the 4 Kiltwalks this year

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My name is Fiona Bruce and I currently work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in ward 2 at Royal Hospital for Sick Children. I have the wonderful job and privilege of looking after the wonderful patients and families that are sadly affected by childhood cancer on a daily basis. Unfortunately this is a disease that brings with it devastation and complete upheaval of everyday life, not only effecting the patient but often siblings and other immediate family. This is where ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ comes in, that ‘wee’ charity that I love. The charity offers practical support to patients and families such as toiletry bags with essentials for those first few days after admission when life is upside down and all you want to do is freshen up and feel human again. Down to ironing vouchers to take the pressure off of life that is still going on at home despite being stuck in a hospital room 24 hours a days. The charity also does a variety of workshops that patients and siblings can attend and mix with others in similar situations. This brings a bit normality to an otherwise abnormal time.
Then there is the Ripple Retreat, well what a place. The retreat allows the opportunity for families to get away to a truly stunning part of Scotland and relax in a luxurious and tranquil surrounding and just recharge and have some quality family time together. These are just a few of my reasons for being a trustee for this ‘wee’ charity.
This is why a team of us from ward 2 have taken 3 out of 4 kilt walks to do our bit for Its Good 2 Give. (It would have been 4 if it hadn’t been for the Ed Sheenan concert haha). So come on folks come and join us, whether it’s a wee wander or the full mighty stride, every bit helps and goes a long way!

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers – Canine VIP!

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Guest post by Betty!

When somebody said ‘walkies!’ I was on it like a shot!

But this is walkies with a difference. I am taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk on the 16th September for It’s Good 2 Give! with my owners, Jim and Angela.
They will be wearing their dogilicious tee shirts and I didn’t want to miss out, so Lynne sent me this lovely bandana to wear.
I will be practicing my happy face for the Kiltwalk to wow the photographers. I probably need to take a few tips from Shonagh Byrne as she always looks great smiling into camera!
I can’t wait for the It’s Good 2 Give! pitstop as I hear there are dog treats and a dog bowl 🐶🐶  and the human treats sound delicious too!
Jim and Angela are hopeful that I will persuade friends and family to donate more to our fundraising page because apparently I look far cuter than they do. You can be the judge of that, but please do donate in pounds and not dog bones as we need to help keep the brilliant Ripple Retreat running. The Ripple Retreat is a sanctuary and truly magical place for families to stay on the shores of Loch Venacher.
Please come and say hello to me if you see me next Sunday.  I would love to have a photo with the team!
We will be at the Big Stroll. See you there!
Woof woof
Betty
xx

Meet our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers

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Hi I’m Kari, a forty something married mum to 3 wonderfully healthy teenagers. I work a full time job and life is pretty busy all the time but it’s a good busy, a normal busy and that’s the reason I’m doing the kiltwalk for it’s good 2 give, because I can! I can give up a little time every week to train. I can give up a day for the walk. I can ask family and friends to support me and help raise money for an amazing charity. What I can’t do is begin to even pretend to comprehend the turmoil and heartache of the families that are supported by ig2g during what must be the most devastating time of their lives. How busy their lives are in a totally different way than mine and how much support they must need to maintain any kind of normal. Support is key, it gets us through so many things in life and I have support on the kiltwalk in the group of girls who are also crazy enough to have signed up for this gig. We’re all in the same boat, working mums with families who want to do our bit to help. It’s through this group of friends I’ve met the person* who inspires us all. Once in receipt of the services of igtg she has turned her own devastating life experience into a positive driving force to help others and that truly is a gift from heaven. Fitting training walks into the busy schedules we all maintain has been challenging but we’ve all managed to squeeze in a decent long walk in preparation, if the laughs we’ve had along the way on training walks are anything to go by walking on the day will be a hoot with the added boost of the amazing atmosphere. For any potential new kiltwalkers out there, do it, do something awesome today, sign up to help an amazing charity and oh look after your feet, they’re gonna carry you over the finish line knowing you’ve helped make a difference!
 
* note by Lynne – the person who inspires them is our very own Shonagh – whose daughter Evie died from cancer aged just 26months old.
another  wee postscript to this blog post – Kari and the team held a fundraising event last night and their fundraising total is now over (drum roll please) £2000!

on one of our longer training walks.

at our fundraising event on 7 September 2018

Meet some of our Kiltwalk supporters!

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Hi I’m Owen and I am 9 years old. I am in Primary 5 at Kinross Primary School. I decided to do three Kiltwalks this year to raise money for Its Good 2 Give! We signed up and started to raise some money.

We try to do something to help raise money for Its Good 2 Give every year. A few years ago, my friend’s little sister had cancer and sadly passed away. We have helped by doing different walks and helping register people for other events and directing them and giving them information. It’s Good 2 Give do lots to help children with cancer and their families and have built an awesome house for them to go for a wee break away. It’s called the Ripple Retreat.

Last year I raised money by walking over the Forth Road Bridge with my two older sisters, my little brother and my dog Archie. It was fun but really windy! The first Kiltwalk my mum walked with me and it was 6 miles. We had to walk round a big park (Balloch Country Park) three times. I wore my kilt. It was a boiling hot day and was really nice as we could see Loch Lomond. I loved the yellow sunglasses we got free. I met another wee boy while we were walking, and we crossed the finish line together. Last weekend I did my second Kiltwalk and it was rainy and windy, and I had my kilt on again. My Dad and our dog Archie walked with me this time. My dad was really happy that his kilt still fitted him. Hehe! We walked just under 6 miles again and went all the way along the coast to a place called Monifieth. I got my name shouted out over the loud speaker when I finished. We then went and got our free food and got given a piggy bank and a few wee toys and sweets.

On 16th September I am doing my third Kiltwalk and it’s in Edinburgh. My grandad and Archie are going to walk with me this time. I hope I can raise some more money. Doing the Kiltwalk has been fun. Even in the rain. I wonder what I could do next year! I’m hoping some of my friends will be walking the 5 miles ‘Wee Wander’ in Edinburgh as well. There is still time to sign up and my mum said it’s really easy to do and she’s no good with forms. You get nice food with your voucher too so it’s definitely worth it!