kiltwalk banner with penny and margon in tartan

Margon will be walking and cycling the 7 Hills of Edinburgh while Penny ‘wobbles’ on a litter pick in the Virtual Kiltwalk

What’s it all about?

The Green Team’s Education Officer, Margon Van Tuyl, will be taking on the 7 Hills of Edinburgh between 23-25th April as part of the Virtual Kiltwalk 2021. On the Sunday, Penny, our CEO, will be wobbling her way to reducing the litter on Edinburgh’s cycle paths and you are welcome to join her team. Both staff will be raising much needed funds for The Green Team after what has been an incredibly difficult year for all charities. For The Green Team this has meant no income from our usual Green Team Programmes. This self-generated income is vital to support our work with disadvantaged and harder to reach young people struggling with chaotic lives and poor mental health, exacerbated after lockdown.

How can you get involved?

Everyone is welcome to join Margon virtually to take on a hill or two themselves over the Kiltwalk weekend to add to the fundraising effort or you can join Penny’s team when you register with the Kiltwalk. You can register to take on a Kiltwalk Challenge for The Green Team yourself or simply direct people to their fundraising pages. If you would like to register for your own challenge, please get in touch and we can send you a promotional code to cover the registration fee. What is even better is that by taking part in the Virtual Kiltwalk for The Green Team, The Hunter Foundation will top up the funds raised by another 50%!

What’s the challenge?

Margon’s challenge will take her up and down the 7 hills of Edinburgh: Castle Rock, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill. She will be walking each hill and getting between them by cycling on her trusty e-cargo bike and you definitely wont miss her in her tartan getup. The hills themselves are about 14.4 miles in distance and 2200m of ascent/descent.

The hills are very familiar to The Green Team where young volunteers have carried out lots of conservation projects such as cutting and burning salmon berry on Corstotphine Hill, removing gorse on Arthur Seat and vegetation clearance on Craiglockhart Hill.

Penny will be taking on a more sedate but very worthwhile challenge as she litter picks her way along Cycle Route 1 Duddington to Brunstane on Sunday 25th April. Select ‘Green Team Wombles’ to join her team when you register with the Kiltwalk.

If you see Margon or Penny over the weekend, please cheer them on, take a piccie and share it on social media with the hashtag #kiltwalk. Margon will also have a QR Code on her bike that you can scan to make a donation there and then – we’re sure she will be glad of the rest!