Students bid farewell to Scotland with Coast to Coast challengeTuesday, 31 July, 2012
Two overseas students due to graduate this year will mark their departure from Scotland by braving a 105 mile trip across the country, coast to coast, in aid of the charity CHILDREN 1st.
Before heading back to their respective countries of Canada and Ireland, pals Sarah Marshall and Tighearnach O’ Murchu – both MSc Physiotherapy students from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen – will take on the mammoth challenge to raise funds for the charity, which supports vulnerable children and families across Scotland.
Sarah said: “We’ve both had such a wonderful time living in Scotland for the last two years and have been looking for a way to end the experience on a high, while feeling like we have left something worthwhile behind. The Coast to Coast challenge seemed just right for us, and we’re delighted to be raising funds for CHILDREN 1st, who do vital work with some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children. It’s a way for us to say thank you to a country that we’ve enjoyed so much.”
Sarah and Tighearnach will embark on their epic challenge from Nairn beach on Saturday 15 September and will complete a gruelling 105 mile route by bike, kayak and on foot across mountainous terrain to finish up at Ballachulish on the west coast on Sunday 16 September.
Tighearnach says: “We both enjoy the outdoors and love to explore but this challenge takes it to a whole new level. I’m a bit nervous but really looking forward to seeing Scotland like this. It will be unforgettable.”
CHILDREN 1st has services across Scotland which support families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect and help them to recover from abuse. They also campaign to promote children’s rights and interests.
Event Fundraiser for CHILDREN 1st Helen Sherbourne said: “It’s always really special when people from overseas fall in love with Scotland and choose to support a charity that invests in its future. That’s why Sarah and Tighearnach have chosen CHILDREN 1st and we’re so grateful to them for taking on this awesome challenge.”
To support Sarah and Tighearnach’s challenge, please donate at: www.justgiving.com/potatoleaf.
The Events Team at CHILDREN 1st are always on the lookout for intrepid people like Sarah and Tighearnach to take on challenges, runs or adventures to raise money. Please contact them on 0131 319 8068 or email email@example.com. You can find out more by visiting www.children1st.org.uk.
Posted on behalf of: Helen Sherbourne on 0131 319 8068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo caption: Tighearnach O’ Murchu
Notes to editor:
- For over 125 years CHILDREN 1st has been working to build a brighter future for Scotland’s vulnerable children and families. At CHILDREN 1st we listen, we support and we take action by delivering services in homes and communities across Scotland. We work to safeguard children and young people, to support them within their families and to help them to recover from abuse, neglect and violence. We speak out for children’s rights and we campaign to change attitudes.
- CHILDREN 1st provides local services across Scotland as well as national services ParentLine Scotland (08000 28 22 33), the national telephone helpline for parents and carers. For more information about how we work to keep children safe in Scotland, visit www.children1st.org.uk.
- Registered Scottish Charity No: SC 016092.