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Sir Tom Hunter: 'Scotland can be first nation to end child poverty'

Sir Tom Hunter launched The Kiltwalk 2016 and announced partnership with the STV Children’s Appeal.

The Kiltwalk 2016 launch at Hampden with Marion Robinson, Moira Burke, Christopher Quinn, Sir Tom Hunter, Izzy Conway and Lesley Sharp quality free to use image from Big Partnership Martin Shields uploaded Tuesday November 17 2015
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Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter has launched the Kiltwalk charity events for 2016 and said Scotland can lead the world in eradicating child poverty.

The philanthropist also announced a three-year partnership deal with the STV Children’s Appeal, which he co-founded in 2011.

In the same year the Kiltwalk began and has raised £2.4m since then with money used to support children's charities across Scotland.

The STV Children's Appeal raised nearly £3m to help Scottish children out of poverty, something Sir Tom says Scotland cannot ignore.

He said: "Scotland can lead the world in becoming the first nation to eradicate child poverty; we can’t ignore it, we can change it so every child has the opportunity to be all they can be.

"It falls upon our generation to tackle this and tackle it we should; we are small enough, agile enough and committed enough to get this done.

"The Royal Bank of Scotland, Arnold Clark and the STV Children’s Appeal share our vision that we can and will stamp out child poverty as well as helping young people most in need all across Scotland.

"I'm delighted to welcome them as key partners; hopefully we will welcome many more."

Rob Woodward, STV chief executive and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, added: "The STV Children’s Appeal is committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty all over Scotland.

"Through this innovative partnership with Kiltwalk, we hope it will be the incentive for more people from all over Scotland to get involved and help those children struggling with modern day poverty.

"STV will continue to shine a light on the issue, spreading awareness and building understanding."

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The Kiltwalk, a 26-mile fundraising trek, takes place over four days and in four locations in 2016.

Glasgow will host the event on April 24 with Kiltwalks in Aberdeen on June 5, Speyside on August 14 and Edinburgh on September 18.

Sir Tom was at Hampden on Wednesday to announced the partnership with the Appeal and also Kiltwalk sponsorship with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Arnold Clark.

RBS director Chris Wilson, said: "The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to support The Kiltwalk for 2016.

"The charity is loved and respected by many of our colleagues who see the positive impact Kiltwalk makes to the lives of children in the towns in which they live and work.

"Through programmes like the Skills and Opportunities Fund and the support the Royal Bank of Scotland offered this year to the STV Children's Appeal, we recognise how important it is to support projects which deliver real change for communities.

"Our new relationship with Kiltwalk and the four events taking place next year will offer a great opportunity for colleagues to get involved, volunteer and even take part.

"We hope our support will allow Kiltwalk to take another step towards helping even more children across Scotland."

Eddie Hawthorne, managing director of Arnold Clark, added: "The Kiltwalk is a cause close to the heart of the Arnold Clark Group.

"The brilliant work done by the organisation is vital to the survival of so many crucial charities across Scotland.

"As a family business with a presence in many Scottish communities we understand the importance of supporting local, smaller charities.

"Many of our own employees take part in the Kiltwalk and as a Group we are so proud to be able to offer our support.

"We very much look forward to Kiltwalk 2016 and hope we can raise just as much as we did in 2015, if not more, for this worthy cause."

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