Coinciding with the Tuesday night light up, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is encouraging people to take part in its Walk for Children fundraiser, a 5K walk to raise money for services like Childline, ensuring children and young people have someone to turn to this Christmas.
Childline delivered over 6000 counselling sessions to children and young people across the UK over Christmas last year, when the main concern for the youngsters was their mental and emotional health.
Catherine Topley, CEO of Scottish Canals, said: “We’re very proud to support the NSPCC’s vital work and will be lighting up The Kelpies – the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures – and The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift.
“By turning them green we hope to help support the work of the NSPCC and increase awareness to prevent abuse, help rebuild children’s lives and support families.”
Caroline Renton, NSPCC Scotland Supporter Fundraising Manager, added: “For children facing abuse or those struggling with their mental health, every night can feel like the longest. Our Walk for Children and Christmas light-ups will help to highlight how important it is for children to be listened to and to know they aren’t alone, this Christmas.
“If you’re participating in our Walk for Children, why not base the walk around one of these magnificent structures? Every step you take and pound you raise will help us be here for children through our services like Childline.
"Just £4 could pay for one of our trained volunteer counsellors to answer a child’s call for help to Childline. We would like to say a massive thank you to Scottish Canals for supporting us during what can be a tough time of year for a lot of children.
"We look forward to seeing these landmarks looking spectacular as they light up.”
Visit the NSPCC website for more information on how to participate in the Walk for Children initiative.