Sustainable Saturday, Lanarkshire’s largest ever Green event taking place this weekend in Coalburn, South Lanarkshire will play host to Scotland’s latest attempt to break into the record books with a mass cycle to shine a spotlight on the issue of Sustainability. More than 450 enthusiastic volunteers will pedal for 24 hours to generate over 12,953 Watts of electricity and to raise money for local charities.
First Minister Alex Salmond together with Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Minister Stewart Stevenson, have provided messages of encouragement whilst three MSP’s will actually mount up for the cause. With such attention, it is clear the gaze of the Scottish Government will be firmly fixed on Clydesdale and Lanarkshire’s largest Green event ‘Sustainable Saturday’.
Labour’s Karen Gillon, SNP’s Aileen Campbell who is 23 weeks pregnant and Green Co-Convener Patrick Harvie have laid aside their political differences and signed up to cycle to raise awareness for sustainable issues – particularly important when heavy snow is already being forecast as early as September!
Clydesdale Energy Efficiency Project – who are entirely funded by the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund are promoting the event and they aim to raise awareness for sustainable issues such as energy efficiency and renewable technologies and to promote physical and mental health and well being.
“We are delighted to have the support of the Patrick, Karen and Aileen and for one day only they will be more interested in volts as opposed to votes!” said Project Manager James Kane.
Pedalling begins on Friday 27 August at 5pm, when Karen Gillon will fire the official starting pistol, continuing throughout the night to 5pm on Saturday 28.
The MSP’s are only 3 of 450 volunteers who have signed up to take part and the organisers hope to attract as many as 1000 volunteers over the course of the attempt. Many groups and businesses are using the attempt to raise money for charity; such as a local family who are raising money for the Lanark based Headway Charity and Greenlink Bike club who are cycling for the whole 24 hours to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The current record stands at 12,953 Watt hours set by Ender Werbung in 2008 and with bikes of all sizes so families can cycle together, the group is feeling confident of their chances and are asking as many people as possible to come along and show their support…perhaps even joining in as a record breaker themselves.
James Kane added “ We are delighted so many are using the attempt as opportunity to help others and we would encourage individuals, schools, work places and groups to take part and use it to generate funds for other good causes or just for a free family day out or team building exercise.”
The event organizes are also keen to let people know there will be something for everyone on the day, even if they’re not interested in cycling! With an intention to build a lasting legacy of environmental awareness this family focused event will also have bouncy castles, renewable interactive displays with solar powered smoothie makers, healthy cooking demonstration, an eco drive simulator, health tests, face painting, game zones and various educational stalls for parents and children.