Episode 20: Cairngorms to Capital, a charity special

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

A little departure today for Of Mountains and Minds! We have our final episode of the series releasing next Friday, with the incredible Tim Dempsey, but today it’s a Christmas charity special talking to some fascinating people and being asked a few questions myself about a chunky challenge we’re all taking on this Saturday 1st December – Cairngorms to Capital.

The plan is for a few runners and cyclists from the charity I work for, Link Community Development, to complete a mid-winter self-powered relay from the Cairngorms National Park back to Edinburgh. The first leg will consist of a 34 ish mile run from Aviemore to Blair Atholl, along the Lairig Ghru and Glen Tilt trails, and cyclists will start at Blair Atholl and cycle 85+ miles back to Edinburgh.

Why are we doing this? Quite apart from our love of category two kicks, the challenge is is to raise awareness and funds for our girls’ education project in rural Ethiopia, helping 44,000 girls access a secondary education for the first time and make their own choices in life. It’s part of The Christmas Challenge crowdfunder, through which donations will be doubled for one week only, from midday on 27th November to midday on 4th December. Every £ donated to our project online (link below) during the week is doubled by major donor funds we’ve got in place. We hope to raise £20,000 (£40,000 when matched) for the project. It’s a steep target but we are hopefully with so many getting behind Cairngorms to Capital it might be possible!

Here’s a challenge for YOU: please listen this weekend, or before midday on Tuesday 4th December, and consider donating or sharing this episode and donation link: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/64842/30269

I've been creating this content for free and a donation, however small, to this project would be such a support!

So what’s in this random little episode? First, I talk to Fiona Osborne, the sister of our amazing communications maestro at Link, Lyndsey Alexander. Fiona is a medic who has spent time in Africa working with children and is generously taking on quite a bit of the cycling on Saturday. Next, the lovely Duncan McArthur is up; he is supporting the run section and interviews me for a change! I also chat to Link’s International Programme Director Dr Samantha Ross, fresh off a plane from Ethiopia, about her many years living and working in Africa, contracting malaria and her own cycle plans this weekend.

Listen in, it was iontended as a mini 30 minute episode but has far more goodies!

As usual you can check this episode out on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and most Android apps.

A huge thank you for your amazing support. If you’re not able to donate just share on socials! The donation link one more time: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/64842/30269

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