Moderator: Munro Challenge money for Nepal

Nepal-fund
Rt Rev John Chalmers (pictured), Moderator of the General Assembly, and Rachel Hutcheson, Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, are leading the effort for the Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal by climbing Ben Lomond.

The Moderators' Munro Challenge this Saturday has become an urgent fundraising effort to help alleviate the suffering of people in Nepal recovering from last weekend's devastating earthquake.

Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, and Rachel Hutcheson, Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, are leading the effort for the Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal by climbing Ben Lomond. The original idea was to raise money and celebrate the work of 70 years of Christian Aid.

But Saturday's violent earthquake, which has left more than 5000 people dead and millions affected, has brought an immediate need for the people of the world to help get resources to a country in the early stages of recovery.

In an appeal, the Moderators write: "The Munro Challenge was a way for us to highlight the exceptional work of Christian Aid and to help raise some much needed extra funds in this the 70 year since their foundation. But, tragically this very week in the mountains of Nepal a dire emergency has arisen and our good intention has now become an urgent cause.

"In response to the Earthquake in Nepal, Christian Aid has opened an emergency appeal and we, together with Christian Aid, have decided that the funds raised this Saturday on Ben Lomond should go directly to Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

"As we write the death toll has reached more than 5000, but sources say that more than 8 million people have been affected by this natural disaster. Nepal was already one of the poorest nations on earth, it is now almost beyond comprehension to contemplate the terror and the despair of those whose loved ones, homes and livelihoods have been swept away in an instant.

"On Saturday 2nd May we have a mountain to climb; but it is as nothing compared to the mountain that has to be climbed by the people of Nepal. They cannot recover from this without help from every possible source around the world, so come with us on Saturday as we walk and pray for the people of Nepal."

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Ben Lomond pilgrimage

If you would like to join the Moderators on their Ben Lomond ascent, which will take the form of a pilgrimage, please register using this link.

Then, come along to Drymen Parish Church on Saturday 2 May between 9am and 11am to get checked in, and be taken by minibus to the start of the walk.

We ask that all participants register in Drymen to prevent congesting the car park at Rowardennan, and to control the numbers walking on the hill on the day.

Warm welcome at Drymen

The congregation of Drymen Parish Church have kindly offered all participants a cup of tea there at the end of the walk, when we should also be able to view photos being sent in from all the other Munros being walked that day.

Wendy Young from Christian Aid said: "We are grateful to the Moderators for highlighting our 70 Munros challenge, and through this the 70 years of Christian Aid's work towards overcoming poverty.

"We would also like to thank Drymen Parish Church and Abernethy Trust for their assistance. We hope many people will come and join the Moderators in taking up their challenge on Saturday 2 May - 70 peaks in one day would be an incredible feat!"

Fundraising

Once you have registered, Christian Aid will provide you with details about how to set up a fundraising page that links to the Moderators' Munro challenge, as well as sponsorship forms, and a training guide should you require it.

Remember, Munro walking is a physical challenge and participants take part entirely at their own risk. Please read our recommended kit list.