Volunteers’ time is set to generate even more cash as part of this year’s Kiltwalk event.
Generous people in the north-east who offer their time to steward the event, known as kilties, will now receive £1.40 per hour to donate to a charity of their choice, compared to last year’s rate of £1.10.
The charitable bonus is offered to volunteers by Sir Tom Hunter with the Hunter Foundation, which also tops-up money raised by participants in the race by 40%.
In 2017, 1,800 hardy people from the region took part, walking either the 26, 15, or five-mile courses through Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen city centre, and were successful in raising £212,072 for various local charities.
This amount was then topped up by 40% by Sir Tom and the foundation to produce a grand total of an incredible £296,900.
The kiltie donations alone last year came to £3,927.
The Aberdeen Kiltwalk, which will take place on June 3, is welcoming applications for volunteers across various departments on the day, such as control room kilties who will liaise with emergency services and monitor walker progress and timing, driver kilties who will ferry equipment and people throughout the 26-mile course and pitstop kilties who offer refreshments throughout the courses.
For Rogan Milne, 43, this year will be his fourth time volunteering. An information manager for a light rail company, Rogan fills the role of lead chieftain kiltie which involves cycling on a particular 16-mile stretch of the route.
He said: “My priority is looking after the walkers on the course and talking to them, especially the lone walkers, and reporting any issues such as injury.
“Kilties really keep everyone going and having the different volunteering roles is why it really works – depending on the volunteers’ skill set they can be placed to best suit them.
“For example, some people like to motivate walkers at the start, whereas others like to be part of the celebration at the finish line.
“The top-up idea is brilliant, and though it’s not why we take part, it is a great bonus.”