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Published on 2 October 2023
Written by Colette Cooper

September was a busy month! On the weekend of the 16 and 17 September 2023, our wonderful supporters came together to raise money for, and awareness of the work of Christian Aid. Two very special events took place, allowing supporters to unite, have fun, and explore some lovely Scottish landmarks. 


The Kelpies Canter, which took place on Saturday 16 September, is a fun-filled 5km sponsored walk around Helix Park in Falkirk. Our supporters arrived at 10am for registration, started their walk at 10.30am, and went until 12.30pm.

There were 50 people who attended in total to both support and walk for Christian Aid. Churches involved in the event included: Denny Old Parish Church, Haggs Parish Church, Falkirk Christ Church Episcopal Church, Dunipace Parish Church, Larbert East Parish Church, and Grahamston United Church.

We were delighted that the Falkirk Herald came along to take photos on the day, you can see the photos here. Well done to all who took part in the Kelpies Canter!  

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Supporters posing at the Kelpies Canter in Falkirk 2023 Credit: Colette Cooper / Christian Aid
Supporters at the Kelpies Canter, Falkirk, 2023

The next day, on Sunday 17 September, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk took place, with supporters walking either a 5, 14.7 or 21-mile route.


Our Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer, Lauren, also took part in this years’ Edinburgh Kiltwalk, alongside Rev Leslie Milton, Minister at St Andrew’s High Church and Rev Aaron Moffat-Jackman, Priest-in-charge at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Musselburgh. 

Before the Big Strollers (14.7-mile distance) started out there was a pre-walk ‘send-off’ service in St Andrew’s High Church. Rev Leslie Milton said, 

“This is the second time we’ve arranged a team for the Kiltwalk supporting Christian Aid, and this year there were five walkers from Musselburgh churches participating in the larger team from across central Scotland. The Big Stroll can be a bit tiring (14.7 miles), but you get carried along with the enthusiasm of so many others walking together for so many good causes. It’s a great atmosphere, chatting and getting to know people as you walk.” 

“I chose to support Christian Aid’s work, as it’s an organisation that tackles global injustice and seeks to build hope in some of the world’s poorest communities. I’m grateful to all our sponsors – between us in St Andrew’s High we raised well over £1000.” 

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Christian Aid Scotland supporters at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2023. Credit: Harris Anderson
Supporters gathered at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2023

Our Digital Support Officer, Colette, met with some of our supporters as they crossed the finish line.


Lesley, a supporter from South Queensferry Parish Church, said that she’d taken part in the Christian Aid Bridge Cross walk for many years, so decided to sign-up for the Kiltwalk.

When asked if she would encourage others to take part in the Kiltwalk, she said: “Oh, I absolutely would encourage them. You can hear the wonderful atmosphere here. You’re helped through all the stages; the registration and the JustGiving pages, the walk itself. There’s three walks and you have a choice.” 

When asked why she considered it important to support Christian Aid, Lesley said: “I’m a great admirer of Christian Aid, both for the charity work they do, and the fact you do not have to be a church member. They do the work where [the] need is most. And I’m a great champion of their campaigning side because of things like climate change. Christian Aid have been working on that for years. Things would be so different today if the world were listening to Christian Aid 11 years ago.” 

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Christian Aid Scotland supporter, Lesely, at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2023 Credit: Colette Cooper / Christian Aid
Christian Aid Supporter, Lesley, at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk
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Christian Aid Scotland supporters, Christine and Janet, at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2023. Credit: Colette Cooper / Christian Aid
Christian Aid supporters, Christine and Janet, at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk

Christine and Janet from Yester, Bolton and Saltoun Church in East Saltoun, also took part in the Kiltwalk.


They said that the walk went ‘very well’, and they enjoyed it more than they expected. ‘We just wanted to help everybody to raise funds... it’s a good atmosphere and you get encouraged on your way round’. They also mentioned that: ‘You get to see parts of Edinburgh you’ve never seen before’

The Kiltwalks this year have successfully raised over £20,000 and the Kelpies has raised over £1800 for Christian Aid. Thank you to all of you who took part in both the Kelpies Canter and the Kiltwalks this year. 

Step by step we can change lives. 


Events in Scotland

Find out more about all of our upcoming events in Scotland or contact our Community and Events Fundraising Officer, Lauren, at for more information.