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Ex-Scout donates tent ahead of walk

Bruce Currie hands over a brand new tent to Brian Findlay, Chairman of the Scout Support Action Group.

Bruce Currie hands over a brand new tent to Brian Findlay, Chairman of the Scout Support Action Group.

Arbroath Rotarian Bruce Currie donated his unused tent to local Scouts before setting off on the Scottish National Trail, a 470 mile route from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath.

Due to the challenging terrain Mr Currie has broken it down into three sections – Kirk Yetholm to Edinburgh in May last year, followed by Edinburgh to Cluanie in September and now the final leg of 170 miles from Cluanie to Cape Wrath from May 9 to 23.

This final section normally requires some wild camping, but with a little experience under his belt he has opted for a bit of B&B comfort. The brand new tent is no longer required and what better use for it than the adventurous Arbroath Scouts?

This is quite pertinent as Mr Currie was a Queen’s Scout when he lived in Monifieth during his school years. Fellow Rotarian Peter White from Cambridge will complete this final leg with Mr Currie and his brother Hamish Currie. Three years ago Hamish and Bruce cycled from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

The proceeds will be split evenly between the CAFE Project here in Arbroath and internationally to Sparkle Kids in South Africa. This latter project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hermanus, South Africa,

This is especially meaningful to Bruce as he has spent most of his working life in Africa.

Sparkle Kids is a University Entrance Fee scheme which enables disadvantaged but gifted black South African youths to gain the benefit of a University education. Mr Currie said: “I believe that many of the challenges facing Africa can be best addressed by well educated Africans.”

 

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