Gordon, Stephen and Robert's Story
Robert Jamieson, Stephen Boyle and Gordon Boyle had all supported the Foundation over a number of years when they decided to go above and beyond and gets ‘hands on’ with a project overseas.
The boys, with the help of the Foundation, identified a project in Ghana with respected volunteer travel organisation company African Adventures and set out to fundraise and make their dream possible.
In November 2014 they departed to the Volta region of the country to help build a school in the remote village of Woe – an experience that was to change their outlook on life forever.
But before they lugged bricks and nailed wood in Woe, they were hard at work in the UK fundraising for the trip and for donations to the Foundation and local charitable projects in Ghana.
Gordon, Steven and Robert collectively raised an amazing total from organising a variety of events, including a sponsored West Highland Way walk, bungee jumping, a cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a race night for family and friends and a climb up Ben Lomond.
The West Highland Way was one of the highlights of their fundraising, with the three managing to persuade family and friends to join in on what is one of Scotland’s most famous walks.
The West Highland Way passes through stunning scenery and landscapes as it follows ancient and historic routes over 95 miles from Milngavie outside Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands. Lochs and rivers, mountains and moorland and woodland and forest – the walk has it all!
Gordon commented, "The West Highland Way walk was only one part of our amazing fundraising campaign for the Rangers Charity Foundation, but it was by far the most inspiring! This 97 mile walk through some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland is basically on our doorstep, and there are people who travel from all over the world to walk it. We even had a friend come from Valladolid in Spain to walk it with us, who we coincidentally met on the WHW the year before.
"After doing the route first in 2012, we have fallen in love with it and we've retraced our steps every year since and have even mountain biked it on two occasions. We're even considering the possibility of running it!
"The WHW itself was a life changing experience that spurred us on to complete so many outdoor challenges, and a trip that brings you and your comrades closer than you could imagine, and leaves memories that you will never forget. This is something that I believe everyone should want to experience!"