Once it is generating some revenue, Walking Stories intends to provide support for a small number of charities which are active in maintaining the quality of the walking environment, and in supporting the sustainable development of communities particularly in rural areas.
This ties in with our ethical principles, but will depend on our success in generating income for the site.
In the meantime, as the site develops, we are pleased to help increase the profile of some of these charities.
For example, the John Muir Trust based in Scotland protects areas of wild land including the mountains of Ben Nevis and Schiehallion. Over the summer of 2006 it is organising the Journey for the Wild, encouraging hundreds of people to travel through wild areas of the UK, on foot or by kayak, to raise awareness of the value of wild places. The event will reach its "peak" on Ben Nevis on August 26.
One of the contributors to Walking Stories, Bill Cook, has organised several of his walks in faraway locations to raise funds for the Aberlour Trust, a Scottish charity which provides specialist care for children and their families affected by disability, offending, drugs and alcohol. It's a great way for those who are fit and active to do something for kids who really need some extra support to help them overcome the difficulties they face.
Bill is organising a charity walk on Sunday 4th June 2006 climbing Ben Lawers overlooking Loch Tay in Perthshire. Meet at Ben Lawers Visitor Centre. 10 o'clock for a 10.30 start with a £10 per head donation which will go to Aberlour Trust. For further information contact Bill at email@example.com.
Scottish group walking the Lares Valley Trail in Peru, in support of the Aberlour Trust