Arnold Clark did not skirt around the idea of fund-raising when employees were asked to raise funds for a number of good causes through a series of Kiltwalk charity events.
A total of 95 Arnold Clark employees took part in mass participation charity walks across Scotland, covering an incredible 2,004 miles, each fundraising for a cause that meant something to them with 54 different charities benefitting.
And thanks to an employee match-funding initiative, Arnold Clark matched every penny raised by employees up to £1,000, contributing £40,000 towards a fund-raising total of £140,000.
On top of that, thanks to The Hunter Foundation, every walker received a 40% funding boost ensuring all funds raised went towards good causes.
Arnold Clark project manager, Mark Stewart, completed all four Kiltwalks – in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh – for the second year running. In 2018 alone, he raised £5,000 for West Lothian-based charity Signpost.
Stewart said: “I am amazed and humbled by the walkers that I meet along the way and the great causes they are fundraising for.
“The Dundee Kiltwalk was my favourite, with some great scenery along the way, despite the rain this year.”
It was a record-breaking year for the Kiltwalk as a whole, with more than 20,000 walkers taking part across all events for the first time.
To find out about Arnold Clark’s fundraising success, representatives from the Kiltwalk, including Sports Division entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, who underwrites the event, and Kiltwalk chief executive Paul Cooney, visited the Arnold Clark head office in Hillington to meet with chief executive and managing director Eddie Hawthorne, as well as some of the staff who took part.
Sir Tom Hunter said: “The highlight of the Kiltwalk in 2018 for me was that we had more than 20,000 walkers.
“We’ve just been totting up all the statistics and there were over 1,200 charities helped and Kiltwalkers raised £3.6 million.
“The Hunter Foundation topped that up with £1.4 million so more than £5 million pounds was raised this year.”
He added: “We couldn’t do it without Arnold Clark, from all the staff members who do the walk to all the help we get and the car that we give away at each event.
“It’s really nice to have this family business alongside us. In 2019, we’re going to get more walkers, we’re going to try and help more charities and have a bit of fun as well.”
Hawthorne said: “I’m really proud of the Arnold Clark employees who walked this year but I think they should be proud of themselves because they’re walking for their own charities for their own reasons, and making sure that every penny they raise makes a difference.”