Munro challenge: reach a summit, raise money for Christian Aid

The Moderator of the General Assembly has called on the Church to get behind a major fundraising drive for Christian Aid by signing up to his Munro challenge.

The Moderator of the General Assembly has called on the Church to get behind a major fundraising drive for Christian Aid by signing up to his Munro challenge .

On Saturday 2 May, Rt Rev John Chalmers and Rachel Hutcheson, National Youth Assembly Moderator, will be leading by example by climbing Ben Lomond.

Mr Chalmers said: "This day out is much more than a fundraiser – it is an opportunity to join me and Rachel on a pilgrimage during which we will contemplate some of the mountains that Christian Aid and others are still trying to climb on their way to creating a world that is just and fair and which gives the poor a chance to climb out of poverty."

As they prepare for their trek, the two Moderators are calling on congregations across Scotland to reach the summit of 69 other Munros to mark the 70th anniversary of Christian Aid.

Ms Hutcheson added: "I really hope everyone who is able to will climb with us in order to raise as much money as possible for a charity I am very proud to support. If people are unable to support John and I in person then I'd be very grateful if they could sponsor us.

"I hope and pray that as well as a fundraising activity it will also be a networking opportunity for friends and fellowship.

"I am also determined to beat the Moderator of the General Assembly to the top as I have a score to settle after him beating me at golf at the national youth assembly."

Sign up for the challenge.

Donate or sponsor a climb. Every penny will go directly to the work of Christian Aid.

If you are climbing a Munro on Saturday, we would love to share your photos. Tweet a photo using the hashtag #ModeratorsMunro

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!"


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.