Children’s charity and national newspaper scoop Scottish Charity Awards’ gong
A collaboration which has raised £1.5 million for Scottish children’s charities has been declared winner of the Perfect Partnership award at this year’sScottish Charity Awards.
The Kiltwalk, established in 2011, joined forces with national newspaper The Sunday Post to create a captivating campaign to encourage people to take part in one of a number of sponsored walking events held across the country last year.
As a relatively new charity it's great to be chosen as the winner of any SCVO award, but the Partnership Award is extra special
National iconic cartoon character Oor Wullie, who features every week in the Sunday paper, swapped his trademark dungarees for a kilt to become the face of the Join Oor Team campaign run by the organisations.
Together the campaign smashed its £1m target, ensure more support for children with life-threatening illnesses or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Carey McEvoy, founder of the Kiltwalk, told guests at tonight’s annual awards ceremony and dinner held by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, the award meant a lot.
“As a relatively new charity it's great to be chosen as the winner of any SCVO award, but the Partnership Award is extra special,” he said.
“Not only because of the partnership we have with the Sunday Post, but because collaboration is the whole point of The Kiltwalk - bringing Scotland's charities and the people of Scotland together for one cause, to walk for Scotland's children."
The Scottish Charity Awards aims to recognise the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place.
Shulah Allan, convener of SCVO, said: “All of this year’s finalists are remarkable examples of how Scotland has one of the most vibrant and innovative third sectors in the world.
“The awards are all about celebrating the endless energy that these people channel into making Scotland a better place to live.”
|2014 Scottish Charity Awards Winners|
|Charity Champion - Gail McKeitch from Ellon, Aberdeenshire|
|Celebrating Communities - The Caravan Project, Glasgow|
|Cracking Campaign - The Coalition for Continuing Care, Edinburgh, Stirling & Glasgow|
|A Sporting Chance - Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled, Balerno|
|Perfect Partnership - The Kiltwalk and The Sunday Post, Glasgow & Dundee|
|Charity of the Year - Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, Glasgow|
|People’s Choice Award - Fife Gingerbread, Leven, Fife|