Launched in 1998, the great Scottish walks are one of Scotland 's premier fundraising events. Simultaneously supporting healthy living, these annual events offer the public the opportunity to be actively involved in beneficial health activities, community events and charitable fundraising, regardless of fitness and physical ability. Inclusivity is one of the keys to the event's continued success, promoted to all sections of the community particularly encouraging groups, teams and families to walk. Originally, the Edinburgh event attracted approximately 2,000 walkers in aid of 2 charities. Now over 5,000 walkers of all ages participate, raising in excess of £1 million for over 200 charities and leading to the launch of a Glasgow great walk in 2008.
Walkers can choose form three distances; 1 mile, 6miles or 12 miles offering an alternative to those not confident or capable of completing the full 12 miles and creating a day/event which will engage all areas of society.
Under new management for 2008, Walk organiser and company owner Priscilla Turner commented;
“ I'm looking forward to taking the Great Scottish Walks forward for 2008 ………”
Priscilla is a professionally qualified nurse and teacher who has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her work in the clinical areas led to the foundation of a private company specializing in the development of Phlebotomy skills in primary care. Fundraising and charity involvement is a cause close to Priscilla's heart. She has extensive experience as a volunteer with the homeless and us currently a volunteer teaching assistant for children with special need.