Kilt Walk for the Homeless

At the beginning of April, Edinburgh city centre experienced its first Kilt Walk. In an event organised by the Rock Trust, Scottish people helped to ease the plight of the city’s homeless. Participating wasn’t difficult. People of all ages were invited to dress up in traditional Scottish costume, the kilt, and to join the 5km march around Edinburgh castle and Princes Streets gardens. Participants were sponsored, raising several thousands pounds for The Rock Trust; a homelessness charity. One participant Simon Pankhurst said, “I did the march in 32 minutes.” From eleven in the morning music played by Saor Patrol and Scocha entertained the people. Both bands performed for free. All walkers got a goodie bag with a kiltpin from 21st Century Kilts, a hat, a mouse mat, a Visit Scotland DVD and some sweets. Organisers hope this can become a yearly event. Ewan Hastings, fundraising manager of the Rock Trust, said they were “very pleased” with the turn out. “The Playtex Moonwalk now gets about 15,000 people but they started about ten years ago in London with just 13 women.” The Kilt Walk has been jointly funded by Howie Nicholsby, of 21st Century Kilts on The Royal Mile. The “kiltmaker-to-the-stars” Howie has created kilts for the likes of Robbie Williams and Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell.

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