We did it! On Saturday 17th March, a committed team of 25 fearless runners successfully tackled the Mighty Deerstalker event in Peebles, to raise money for Venture Trust.
Collectively raising over £2,000 to support Scots from difficult and disadvantaged backgrounds, Our intrepid runners tackled obstacles including cargo nets, balance beams and river crossings – not to mention wading through copious amounts of mud.
Our fabulous supporters travelled from across the country to be there (special mention to the four runners from RGU:RAG who travelled down from Aberdeen the morning of the event), and everyone dressed to the nines in their finest tweed, tartan, flat-caps and waistcoats, all topped off with Venture Trust-themed face paint. As the 5k runners returned tired and dirty from their epic adventure, the 10k runners battled on into the falling darkness, scrambling up scree slopes lit only by their head torches. No effort was spared, and the months of training, fundraising and preparation paid off as every one of the team successfully crossed the finish line.
It was absolutely fantastic to see so many runners getting involved in this brilliant event to support Venture Trust. The money our runners raised equates to almost 200 hours of one-to-one support to help young people in Scotland work towards more positive futures. As one of Venture Trust’s first fundraising events it’s been great to see such an enthusiastic turn-out, and a massive thank you to all our runners, bucket-shakers and supporters for helping make it such a successful day. Many thanks also to Walkers Shortbread, Hobbycraft Edinburgh and Tunnock's for their fab support.
We even made it onto Radio 2's drivetime show on Friday evening! You can listen to the clip here.
We’re looking forward to getting involved in more extreme challenges in 2012 – helping give a life-changing opportunity to young people who’ve been in care, have struggled with homelessness, or are struggling to make the transition to adulthood.
See you there?
Greg, our Project Officer for Venture Trust's 'Moving On: Malawi' programme, gives us an insight into a typical day in 'the warm heart of Africa'...
Evictions, house arrests, 'solving circles' over cold cokes, and a rather precarious bridge.... just your typical day then. Find out all about the ups and downs of life in Malawi by downloading Greg's blog entry here.
We're always pleased to hear about people raising money for Venture Trust, especially when it involves cakes, 'nippy dipping', and guitar solos...
RGU:RAG, Robert Gordon University's charities campaign, have been fantastic supporters of Venture Trust for almost two years. They're always unbelievably enthusiastic about raising money for good causes, and are particularly creative when it comes their annual 'RAG week'. We always look forward to hearing what they've been up to, and they didn't disappoint, as Kyna - RGU:RAG's President, tells us...
Between the 14th and 19th of February RGU:RAG hosted a variety of events to raise money for Venture Trust as part of our annual RAG week. These events ranged from the tame to the wild - including bake sales, an acoustic night, a pub quiz and running into the North Sea, or as we call it, "the nippy dip."
This year one of RGU:RAG's main aims was to maintain and develop our relationships with the charities we fundraise for which is why Venture Trust was nominated as a beneficiary of the money raised during RAG week. Our members are invited to suggest any charity they would like to fundraise for, then we hold a vote on which charity we want to support.
We began raising money for Venture Trust since 2010 and have developed a close relationship with the charity. Several of our members have visited the Venture Trust centre in Applecross over two weekends and helped to paint the buildings.