Walking with Christian Aid – the Moderators Challenge

This past weekend saw me out on Ben Lomond again with Christian Aid as part of their 70 Munros challenge. I was privileged to have been asked by Christian Aid to cover this walk in an official capacity so that I could send some photos to the press for use in publicising the challenge and the fundraising goal. Originally, this walk was planned to raise funds for Christian Aid, as all the other walks are, but Wendy, Christian Aid’s Church Resource Officer, and the Moderators decided that all the funds raised from this challenge would go directly to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

This walk was the Moderators Challenge, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the right Reverend John Chalmers and the Youth Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rachel Hutchison, have spent the last few weeks encouraging the people of the Church of Scotland to get behind the 70 Munros challenge. Saturday saw them leading by example. Starting off at Drymen Parish Church (the Abernethy Trust used their minibuses to transport people from the Church to the Rowerdennan carpark so that we would not clog up the carpark with all the attendees that were expected!) the Moderators, Wendy and I headed to Rowerdennan to take some shots on the banks of Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond in the background.

Right Reverned John Chalmers, Youth Moderator Rachel Hutchison and Christian Aid Church Resource Office Wendy Young

Right Reverend John Chalmers, Youth Moderator Rachel Hutchison and Christian Aid Church Resource Office Wendy Young

We were soon joined by the first minibus full of enthusiastic walkers and we set of with the Moderators leading the group with a Christian Aid banner between them.

The first group setting off from the Rowerdennan carpark.

The first group setting off from the Rowerdennan carpark.

 

The pace at the start of the day was energetic, the sun was shining, there was blue sky above us and it was fairly warm! Having seen the forecast for later in the day, the group seemed eager to advantage of the weather to get as far as possible in its warmth!

The Moderator making steady progress

The Moderator making steady progress

Wendy, all smiles as always!

Wendy, all smiles as always!

A small group gather with the Moderators for a photo with Loch Lomond and the snowy Arrochar Alps in the background.

A small group gather with the Moderators for a photo with Loch Lomond and the snowy Arrochar Alps in the background.

 

One of the awesome things on the day, was seeing just how many people were out on the hill supporting Christian Aid, the DEC appeal and the moderators.

So many people.....

So many people…..

As the day progressed, the weather got dreicher and dreicher, undeterred everyone kept pushing on, although we were starting to get a bit more spread out as the pace slowed.

The Moderator making his way up Ben Lomond with Loch Lomond behind.

The Moderator making his way up Ben Lomond with Loch Lomond behind.

The Moderator making his way up Ben Lomond with Loch Lomond behind.

The Moderator making his way up Ben Lomond with Loch Lomond behind.

Sadly, due to the need to get back to Drymen Church to send photos back to the press office, I had to turn back about 45 minutes from the summit. I did manage to get one photo of the moderators on the summit, but taken from around 1.5 miles away! (I’m fairly confident the figures on the summit are their group, the time stamps on their summit images almost perfectly match up to this image).

The Moderators on the Summit!

The Moderators on the Summit!

All in all it was a great day on the mountain, a lot of awareness raised through the media (traditional and social) about the DEC appeal and, according to the last update I heard, over £11,000 was has been raised for the appeal – not bad for a days walking! There are still 55 summits to be reached on this challenge, how many are you going to join in for?

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