It has been confirmed that the Aberdeen Kiltwalk will not go ahead this year, with participants being urged to join a virtual version set to be held in September.
The charity event was originally set to be held on June 7, and there was some uncertainty over whether it would be rescheduled for later in the year.
However, Kiltwalk has now said: “The ongoing concerns over Covid-19 and reduced hours of daylight in late September and October make it impossible to reschedule with any degree of certainty this year.”
Instead, the 1,300 people who were set to take part in the Aberdeen event will be able to automatically sign up for the Big Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend, which will run from September 11 to 13.
The original fundraising deadline for the walk was May 7, with participants raising £154,000 for 160 different charities.
That figure was doubled by The Hunter Foundation, meaning the total raised for the 2020 Aberdeen event was £308,000.
But in anticipation of the event being postponed, fundraising pages were opened back up a few days later, and The Hunter Foundation has pledged to top up every pound raised between the original deadline and the Big Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend by 50%.
The announcement of the virtual event was made by philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter in a video message posted on social media today.
He said: “We can’t all get together, but we’re going to go virtual. We tried it in Dundee and it was a fantastic success.
“You can walk, swim, bounce on your space hopper – do whatever you want, for the charity of your choice. If ever there was a time when the folk who need our help need it most, it is now.
“So, put on a wee bit of tartan and get involved, get together, and get into the Kiltwalk spirit.”
In 2020 so far, Kiltwalkers and The Hunter Foundation have raised and distributed £2.5 million, including £600,000 raised by a virtual version of the Dundee Kiltwalk.
For further information about the Kiltwalk visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk