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Agricultural charity encourages north-east participants to sign up for a virtual fundraising event

By David Porter

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RSABI, the charity supporting people in Scottish agriculture, is encouraging people to sign up for their virtual Great Glen Challenge event taking place on Friday. August 27.

The Great Glen Challenge first launched in 2012 as a feel-good fundraiser.

Since then, RSABI has seen the appetite for the event, as well as the competitiveness of participants, grow – with over £300,000 raised over the years helping the charity provide much-needed emotional, practical and financial support.

Last year’s event was cancelled and as there is still so much uncertainty due to the pandemic, RSABI has decided not to hold the in-person Great Glen Challenge again this year, and instead has launched their first-ever virtual challenge that can be completed anywhere.

Everyone in the agricultural community and beyond is being asked to sign up and choose their own challenge – walking, cycling, running or kayaking a distance of their choice on Friday, August 27 to raise funds for RSABI.

Wheelchair users will also be able to log activity.

You can register for free from Friday, July 16 as an individual or you can choose to create or join a team of up to five people and fundraise together.

Everyone who raises over £75 will receive a limited edition virtual Great Glen Challenge polo shirt.

The event’s primary aims are to get as many people involved as possible, to highlight the positive effects of exercise, have some fun and raise some money at the same time.

Chief executive of RSABI Nina Clancy explains: “Traditionally the Great Glen Challenge sees teams walk, run, cycle or kayak a distance that’s not for the faint-hearted!

"This year we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved – whether you’re a short distance walker or an endurance cyclist. "Exercise is a great way to boost your physical and mental wellbeing, why not challenge yourself on the day and raise a few pounds in the process?

“Your business could sign up some teams and enjoy a bit of competition to see who can raise the most funds or perhaps the best fancy dress?

"You could set aside an hour at lunchtime for a walk, or get the family involved with an after-school cycle.

"Whatever challenge you choose to take on we hope you have fun!”

RSABI chairman David Leggat said: “We’d love to see everyone in the agricultural community do their bit and sign up for our virtual Great Glen Challenge.

"This is our first virtual event and we’re excited to see all the different challenges people choose to take on.”

There will be prizes for the most funds raised as a team and as an individual, best fancy dress, as well as other spot prizes for distance or unusual challenges.

Participants will be encouraged to share photos from their Great Glen Challenge on social media using #GGC21.

RSABI helped over 700 people and their families in the last financial year and saw demand for their helpline services increase by 63%. Funds raised by the Great Glen Challenge will help RSABI provide emotional, practical and financial support to people in the Scottish agricultural industry.

You can sign up to the virtual Great Glen Challenge at www.rsabi.org.uk.

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