Media Release: Kiltwalk this way

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All-singing, all-dancing Kilties volunteer programme launched at Glasgow Central station

WITH just more than two months to go till the first of The 2016 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk events, the Kilties volunteer programme jumped into life with a flashmob in Glasgow.

Volunteers who will help out at one of this year’s four Kiltwalks, known affectionately as Kilties, showed the people of Glasgow what they are all about, with an enthusiastic dance at the heart of Central station.

Today, with help from the competition dance team from Kiltwalk charity, A&M, a flashmob sprung to life under the iconic timetable boards.

The dancers were joined by Kilties and representatives from the partner charities Aberlour, Yorkhill Children’s Charity, CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) and Calum’s Cabin.

Among the appropriately named songs performed were Walk This Way by RUN-DMC, New Shoes by Paolo Nutini and Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves.

The Kiltwalk is looking for up to 2,000 volunteers to join the team and help deliver an outstanding series of events throughout Scotland in 2016, starting with the Glasgow event on April 24.

With an aim to raise thousands of pounds for children’s charities and causes, volunteers will be the backbone of the events.

Paul Cooney, CEO of The Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, said: “Kilties support the walkers on the day, have great fun, make friends and create memories that will last forever. Walks of six, 13 or 26 miles will be tough going but the Kilties provide invaluable support.

“It’s a chance for people to make friends, gain experience and help raise money for incredible causes, with every penny raised going towards Scotland’s children.”

Those wanting to be a Kiltie can apply on

Lindsay Macleod, a business consultant, has experience both as a walker, and a volunteer. The chieftan of the 2015 Aberdeen event said: “My initial involvement with the Kiltwalk was as a walker in Edinburgh in 2013.

“Every person I met was upbeat despite many having heartbreaking stories. Their optimism is contagious. Kiltwalk’s concentrated focus of helping Scotland’s neediest wee citizens was, and remains, irresistible.

“I’m proud to support and be associated with an organisation that ultimately improves so many lives.”


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  • L-R Cara McGonnell, 14, Lindsay Macleod (Kiltie volunteer quoted in release) and Lauren Curtis, 14, dance at the Kilties flashmob dance event at Glasgow Central today (Monday 22nd January 2016)
  • Further images and video available on request

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