This year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk takes place on the 15th of September and it’s expected that over 5,000 people are set to take part in what is expected to be the biggest Kiltwalk yet!
One of those people is our very own Bethany hero, Edith Bovo, who is donning her kilt and lacing up her walking boots to support Bethany Christian Trust and help end homelessness in Scotland.
Why did you choose to support Bethany Christian Trust?
Partly, because I work here. I’m the Volunteer Co-ordinator, so I’ve had an insight into the work Bethany does and I see the contributions that the volunteers make – and they give so much of their time for nothing – I would like to give my time outside of work also to help Bethany.
The problem with homelessness is that it’s so widespread in Edinburgh. We see it every day and I wanted to do something to help even if it’s just a small thing.
What motivated you to take part in this year’s Kiltwalk?
So, for me and my dad, our primary way of spending time together is walking. We used to go on hikes in the Alps every year but we don’t get to spend that much time together because he lives In England. He really, really loves Scotland, so I knew it would be a sure fire way of making him come and spend time with me. He’s Italian but he’s insisting on wearing tartan and he loves fundraising.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of your training?
Probably thinking that I need to do training – I always expect that I’ll always be able to do everything. I think because I’ve been hiking my whole life, I’ve kinda just assumed I’ll be fine.
Then I remembered that I’m walking with my dad and he doesn’t feel pain or emotion. I know I have the physical capacity, it’s more about the mental stamina to keep pushing myself when I don’t want to do something.
How much money are you hoping to raise?
As much as possible, but I think a minimum of £200
You work at BCT, can you tell us what the money raised will go towards?
Lots of different things! It will go towards our Crisis Intervention works – the Winter Care Shelter, the Care Van, House and Care Shelter. It will also go towards homelessness prevention – so all the community groups that help people stave off isolation, provide housing support and making people make steps towards their future after coming through the process of homelessness. It could be any one of those amazing causes.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of taking part in this year’s Kiltwalk?
Pack lots of snacks and you’ll always want more water than you think you will!
How can people get involved in this year’s Kiltwalk?
Sign up if you want to take part in the Kiltwalk or, if not, sponsor people that are. Also, pray for the people that are taking part and spread the word.
Want to join Edith on her fundraising efforts? Become a #BCTHero yourself and sign up to the Edinburgh Kiltwalk today.
You can also support Edith by making a donation on her JustGiving page
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