The Department of Tobacco Control's annual fundraiser will take place on 11 September 2015. Members of the team and friends will cover an ambitious 24k route in and around the Department's Edinburgh base. It takes in the city's seven hills, which range in height from 103 to 251 metres above sea level.
The goal is to raise £2,500 for The Union's Centennial Campaign – a fund for its innovative independent research and education programmes in the lead up to October 2020 – the organisation's 100th anniversary.
'As the Department of Tobacco Control we have a lot to do with non-communicable diseases – many of which can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices including regular exercise,' said organiser and operations officer Fiona Buchan. 'Living and working in Scotland we have a fabulous setting for getting active outdoors, so we look forward to this annual challenge. It's a great opportunity to keep our lungs healthy and to raise funds for protecting the health of others. Plus it's a fun thing to do as a team!'
Training for the Seven Hills Challenge began in earnest in June, with up to six members of the Department's team throwing on their trainers at least three times each week. This will be the Department's third Centennial Campaign fundraiser, each an active challenge in a beautiful Scottish setting. To date these events have raised £3,000, through participants raising sponsorship money for completing the challenge. All funds raised will go to The Union's research and education programmes that are so vital to its work in 150 countries around the world.