There is always a hive of philanthropic activity at the College and Miss Howie, Teacher of PE adds to the mix with her latest running challenge.
Setting herself the mammoth task of running 10k everyday in March, she clocked up 310k and raised over £3,900 for the Helping Hands Dementia Club, a group close to her heart.
Taking on the challenge with her sister, they surpassed their initial target of £1,000 thanks to the generosity of friends, family and colleagues who supported the fundraiser in aid of their granny.
Commenting on her experience, Miss Howie said: “My gran sadly passed away in the summer after suddenly suffering a severe stroke. She was such an amazing and kind lady and volunteered every week at the “Helping hands dementia club” a place where people suffering with dementia go for the day to have fun, do activities, go on day trips. It’s been extremely tough for them throughout lockdown and we wanted to try and raise some money for them.”
Outside the College, Miss Howie also plays for the Scotland National Hockey Team and if her challenge wasn’t big enough, she managed to squeeze in her running in addition to training and matches.
She reflected: “It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Some mornings I would wake up and think “there is no way I can run again today” but I powered through and it was so worth it especially seeing some of the volunteers who came to support us on our final day. Seeing how important it was for them made it so special.”
If you would like to support Miss Howie’s fundraiser, you can donate through her Go Fund Me page.