Chief exec goes the extra mile to help people in need

Alistair Dutton, our Chief Executive, is taking on a massive 96 mile walk in just 48 hours to raise money to help people in some of the poorest countries in the world.

He will walk the West Highland Way at the end of June with our Communications Manager Val Morgan.

The money raised from their challenge will provide life-changing practical support for people affected by hunger, war, poverty and natural disasters in countries around the world including Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, South Sudan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

To cover the distance in such a short period Alistair and Val will set off from Milngavie at midday on Friday 28th June and walk for 34 miles to reach Inversnaid. After a few hours of sleep, they’ll start again at 5.30am and walk the 38 miles to Kingshouse near Glenn Coe. On the final day Alistair and Val will start their final 24 mile push at 3am with the aim of finishing in Fort William at midday.

Most people take between five and eight says to walk the West Highland Way, and Alistair says he knows attempting it in just 48 hours will be tough:

Covering 96 miles so quickly will be a huge challenge, but I’m encouraged by the fact that we’re walking in solidarity with people all over the world who have to cover long distances each day to simply get food and water to survive.

Money raised in Scotland makes a huge difference and I’ve seen that first-hand in many of the countries I’ve travelled to including Syria, Ethiopia and Colombia. It’s providing things like tools, seeds and training to help people grow more food, small loans so people can start businesses to support themselves and their families, and shelter, medicine and other emergency aid for people in natural disasters like the recent cyclone in Mozambique and Malawi.

That work is only possible thanks to the fantastic generosity of people who support SCIAF. I would be hugely grateful if people would sponsor us as we take on this challenge, so that together we can continue to help people in need all over the world have a brighter future.

The West Highland Way challenge is not the first endurance event Val has taken on in recent months to raise money for SCIAF. To mark his 50th birthday he completed the Loch Katrine Half Marathon, the Stirling Marathon and a 32-mile hill run and cycle in the Trossachs National Park which so far have helped to raise nearly £1,000 for SCIAF. He said:

I’m dedicated to the fantastic work of SCIAF.  In 11 years of working at here I’ve had the immense privilege of being able to travel to some of the most fascinating places in the world and see how donations from supporters are transforming lives. I know that every pound given will help make a real and lasting difference to extremely vulnerable people.

You can sponsor Alistair and Val for their West Highland Way challenge here