As it was announced that the 2017 edition of Staggies Walk for Maggies would be held on October 21, 2017, Ross County Football Club welcomed Alistair Urquhart who was one of the top fundraisers in the 2016 event.
Alistair (11) who attends Dingwall Primary attracted a fantastic £650 worth of sponsorship for completing last year’s Staggies Walk for Maggies five-mile sponsored walk. Alistair's prize for being one of the top fundraisers was to enjoy lunch with Ross County manager, Jim McIntyre and his first team squad, and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. Alistair was also presented with a pair of signed gloves from goalkeeper, Scott Fox.
It was also announced at the launch that over £16,000 was raised by participants in last year’s Staggies Walk for Maggies. Well done Staggies!
RCFC manager, Jim McIntyre said: “I think it’s a fantastic achievement for an 11-year-old boy to raise £650 for Maggie’s. I took my players to Maggie’s Highlands in Inverness last season and we were blown away by the amazing work they do there to help people living with cancer and their families.
“We had 170 doing the walk last year but we really want to smash through the 300 barrier and raise at least double what we did last year. I think most of us have been effected by cancer in one way and this is a great way to support a fantastic organisation and represent your football club at the same time.”
RCFC defender, Marcus Fraser, said: “It only took one visit to the Maggie’s Highlands centre in Inverness last year with some of the the players to realise the amazing work that is being done there and to know that we, as a club and as players and supporters, need to play their part and I hope as many fans as possible sign up for this year’s event.”
RCFC winger, Michael Gardyne, said: “I think last season’s visit to Maggie’s Highlands had a major effect on the lads. And it was a really positive one. We met so many inspiring centre users and staff members and we have since welcomed a number along on match days.
“It was brilliant to meet Alistair and his dad today too. He met all the players and got their autographs - and even a pair of signed gloves from Scott Fox. He said to us that he is going to try and beat the amount he raised last year and challenge all his mates to do the same and that’s fantastic to hear a young Staggie doing their bit for a really worthy cause.”
Speaking about his hopes for 2017, Maggie’s Highland Fundraising manager, Andrew Benjamin, said: “This year, the walk will take place on October 21st and we are hoping that over 300 people will get their walking shoes on to take part. Ross County FC have been so very supportive of Maggie’s - and in particular this event - and we are delighted to be working with them for a third year.
“Last October saw the number of participants for the event double to 170 walkers and the event raised a whopping £16,000 for Maggie’s, which was double the amount of 2015! We are looking to double the number of walkers and the amount raised again this year so I would urge all supporters and families to sign up to this fantastic day and play their part in supporting Maggie’s!”