Rangers Charity Foundation Open Ibrox Pitch For 7 Year Old’s Walk Home For Christmas
Myiah Allen, a 7 year old from Perth is walking 1 mile to school every day from the beginning of November through to the end of term in December. She is doing this as part of Walking With The Wounded’s national campaign ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ which raises vital funds for veterans and their families who are at risk this festive season.
Myiah is a huge Rangers supporter and as a surprise, the Rangers Charity Foundation arranged for her to walk 1 mile (6 laps) around the football pitch. She was accompanied by WWTW veteran, Helen who served in the Royal Navy.
This is the second year that Myiah has supported the campaign. Last year she walked 50 miles and raised £370 for Walking Home For Christmas. She was inspired to take part in the campaign after learning about the centenary of the First World War at school. Carlin, Myiah’s mum explains why her daughter is taking part, “Myiah learnt about veterans in her history lessons at school and wants to do her bit to help them. Walking Home For Christmas is a great campaign that encourages people of all ages to get outside and walk to raise funds for those who’ve served”.
Ed Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded said: “Every walk, big or small, can make a difference. It’s about creating a story that resonates with you and your network and sparks donations. That’s what is so special, and fun about the campaign. Myiah is our youngest fundraiser this year! Her walk shows that anyone of any age can take part”.
Connal Cochrane, Rangers Charity Foundation Director, said: “We were delighted to be able to support Myiah’s ‘Walking Home For Christmas’ walk and would like to congratulate her on another incredible achievement in aid of the veteran community.
“Every year the Rangers Family amazes us with their commitment to fundraising for causes close to their hearts - this is something we’re passionate about assisting in various ways and last season alone the Foundation donated £277,428 worth of in-kind support. We hope that Myiah enjoyed her special walk around the famous Ibrox pitch!”
William Cairns, a Walking With The Wounded Employment Advisor based in Glasgow said, “It’s great to see fundraisers like Myiah supporting our veterans. We have a fantastic veteran community in this part of the country, and it is important to support them. Campaigns like Walking Home For Christmas really do make a difference”.
The campaign invites anyone to register for free, receive a branded Santa hat and do a sponsored walk home or somewhere important to them anytime between 12 -22 December.
The event is aiming to support 400 ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, struggling with their mental health, homeless or caught in police custody – and get them back into employment and independence.
Signing up for Walking Home for Christmas is easy and free – just log on to www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com and register for your fundraising pack.