SOUTHSIDERS are signing up for charity this week, as not one but three local groups fundraise for good causes.
Former Williamwood pupils Elliott Fillingham, Andrew MacLean and Glenn Allan are in training for the Edinburgh marathon on May 27 – and the boys are off to a good head start, having raised £850 so far.
The teenagers (all 19) will donate all money raised to the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice, and the National Autistic Society.
Elliott, from Netherlee, told The Extra: “These charities have provided our families with a great deal of support through difficult times.
“Although we’re not runners or fitness fanatics, we decided that we would train and compete in the marathon to raise money for those in need, and to give something back as a way of saying thank you for the comfort we received when we needed it most”.
Elliott, now studying international business at Strathclyde university, joined Giffnock boy Andrew and Glenn, from Clarkston, in packing bags at both Sainsbury’s in Muirend and Waitrose in Newton Mearns to kick start their cause.
Their next charity drive is a race night at Giffnock North social club on March 2, with 170 people confirmed to attend already.
Elliott added: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of local businesses which have donated lots of generous prizes.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their support, and welcome more people along on the night”.
To follow their fundraising progress, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Glenn.Andy.Elliott.
Meanwhile, two groups from East Renfrewshire have signed up for the Wiseman Welly Walk, also raising money for the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice.
Almost 50 members of the Eaglesham scout group – including parents and family pets – will complete the hike on March 4, cow print wellies and all.
The scouts will be rewarded for their fundraising efforts by achieving their international partnership award badge, which encourages members to be a positive influence on their community.
And joining them in the southside park are eight ladies from Giffnock, who are putting an unusual spin on the trek by donning onesies as well as their wellies.
Gillian Shaw, captain of Team Tait Wandering Onesies, explained: “The eight of us have been friends for a long time and we have supported each other through the tough times when members of our families have needed the valuable services the hospice provides.
“Now we have a chance to come together to thank the hospice – the welly walk is the ideal way to show our gratitude, and we can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday”.
More information on the Wiseman Welly Walk – including registration details – is available at www.ppwh.org.uk/welly.