THE KILTWALK GETS FUNDING BOOST FROM CHIVAS BROTHERS – Scotch Whisky News

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THE KILTWALK GETS FUNDING BOOST FROM CHIVAS BROTHERS

Employees of Scotch whisky producer Chivas Brothers have chosen The Kiltwalk as their Charity of the Year for 2015. The organisation was chosen by employees at the company’s Dumbuck and Kilmalid sites in Dumbarton, and at its Dalmuir site in Clydebank. The company has donated £5,000 to the charity.

The Kiltwalk is an organisation that runs annual walking events in aid of a host of children’s charities – including Yorkhill Children’s Charity, CHAS, Debra and the NSPCC. This year is its biggest yet, with events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee and Speyside – home to 13 of Chivas Brothers’ 14 malt whisky distilleries.

Charities of the Year are nominated by employees, before a shortlist is created and voting takes place. The Kiltwalk holds a special place in the hearts of a group of employees at the company’s Kilmalid site in Dumbarton, who recently won an Unsung Hero award from the charity for their hard work volunteering at its events.

Lead volunteer Allan Stewart said: “The award was the highlight of a very exciting and rewarding year. Our involvement included delivering 60,000 bottles of water to more than 40 pit stops across five events, manning registration desks, setting up start and finish lines, picking up injured walkers and much more – all in Chivas Brothers company vehicles, which our Manufacturing Director kindly gave us permission to use.”

Head of Corporate Relations at The Kiltwalk, Gemma Branney, said: “Chivas Brothers has truly embraced The Kiltwalk and everything it stands for, and has been fully committed to supporting us to help Scotland’s children.Their volunteering efforts have been second to none and now to be selected as their 2015 charity is simply tremendous.I know I speak for everyone involved with The Kiltwalk when I say I am greatly looking forward to working with the team from Chivas Brothers throughout the year ahead.”

Jennie Norrish, Head of Communications at Chivas Brothers, added: “I’m delighted our employees in Dunbartonshire have decided to support The Kiltwalk as their 2015 Charity of the Year. This is a cause very close to many of our employees’ hearts, evidenced by the work they already do for it, and we hope our donation will further help the many children’s charities it supports.”

There are four regional Chivas Brothers charities of the year in total. The others are: Dunbartonshire Disability Sports Club (Paisley, Glasgow and Ayrshire region), The Jake McCarthy Foundation (London and Plymouth region) and the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (Northern Scotland region).

Picture captions:

CB Kiltwalk 1 – Chivas Brothers employees (l-r) Alex Malcolm, Gregor Tilley, Adam Purdie, Alan Barron and Bill Stevenson with Samantha Booth (third from left), PR Manager for The Kiltwalk.

CB Kiltwalk 2 – Chivas Brothers employees jump for joy over charity donation. Pictured (l-r) are Gregor Tilley, Alex Malcolm, Adam Purdie and Alan Barron.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

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About The Kiltwalk:

Kiltwalks are unique Scottish sponsored walking events which see walkers tackling either 26, 13 or 6 mile distances, all in the name of Scotland’s children. In three years The Kiltwalk has given £2.4 million to Scotland’s children’s causes.

In 2014 it received 165 grant nominations – that’s 165 charities, organisations and individuals picked by teams to receive a Kiltwalk grant.

Teams of five or more walkers can nominate a cause of their own to receive a grant from The Kiltwalk of up to 50% of whatever they raise. Teams of twenty or more can receive 75% of their total funds raised. These causes can include charities, appeals, schools or kids clubs so long as children are the beneficiaries.

The Kiltwalk has 17 charity partners for the 2015 events. Visit http://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/ or email contactus@thekiltwalk.co.uk for more information or to register.

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