The Scottish football team may not have made it, but one man from Stenhousemuir is confidently striding towards his goal in Brazil.
John Henderson (60), nicknamed Bash, has been a keen supporter of Aberlour, Scotland’s biggest children’s charity, for almost 20 years. He has covered a lot of territory in that time, coining in thousands of pounds for the cause.
When he is not running his own business, Falburn Engineering in Plean, he can be found walking in far flung corners of the world, scaling the highest peaks and taking in some famous landmarks.
He said: “I’ve done walks along the Great Wall of China three times, the Andes three times and Kilimanjaro three times, getting altitude sickness at 16,000 feet.”
Now Bash is about to embark on Aberlour’s Brazil kilt walk, a seven-day trek through the dense, humid rainforests of South America later this month.
He said: “The things I’ve been involved in, like walks and Rickshaw Runs, have raised a lot of money. It’s almost become like a hobby, something I look forward to doing.
“The walks are the easy part for me, the hard part is raising the money to go in the first place, I don’t tend to ask for sponsorship, just collect it through friends and doing jobs for people.
“This is going to be my last big trek and, with the humidity, I will be taking my time with this one.”
John got involved with Aberlour just before the turn of the century and now considers the charity’s organisers among his friends.
“I did things before I got involved with Aberlour, raising money for various causes through walking the West Highland Way, but a friend was doing a walk for Aberlour one year and I went along.
“I’ve made a lot of good friends through doing these Aberlour trips over the years and we’ve even formed our own climbing group. I know people who got married after doing walks together for Aberlour.”
On this occasion John will be sharing the rainforest experience with over 20 Aberlour fundraisers, including former Scottish football captain Gary McAllister.
“We will be there for the World Cup and may actually get to see the Russia v Belgium match,” said John.
The Brazil kilt walk may be John’s last odyssey on foot, but he is already planning to enter an old banger car rally to Istanbul next October and another Rickshaw Run.
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