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)
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
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
- 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!
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Guest post by Betty!
When somebody said ‘walkies!’ I was on it like a shot!
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!
Dundee (19th August)
Edinburgh (16th September)
There is still time to sign up for either of the two upcoming Kiltwalks!
This is going to be the biggest Edinburgh Kiltwalk – in fact the biggest Kiltwalk that It’s Good 2 Give will have been part of!
It’s a very special one too, as one of the charity’s trustees, Joanna Lamb is leading out all three walks! (24miles, 15 miles and 5miles)
The Tom Hunter Foundation and Michelle Obama dinner have secured an extra 40% to give to the charity on top of your fundraising and it’s an amazing opportunity to raise as much money as we can for It’s Good 2 Give. This means that it is a really important fundraising opportunity for us and we are encouraging as many people to participate or volunteer at this event. We have a pitstop at Silverknowes and need dozens of volunteers to help us on the day – Sunday 16th September.
We also need sponsors for our walkers and for treats for the walkers. If you could help or know a business who might be able to help point them our way! There is an opportunity for advertising on our tent too.
Summing up – what are we hoping for?
- More walkers!
- More volunteers to help at our pitstop
- A business or businesses who might help provide treats (sweets, tablet, fudge,) for all the walkers who will walk by our pitstop
- A business or businesses who might sponsor our tent.
If you can help with any of the above, we would LOVE to hear from you.