Thursday, March 05, 2015

Running ...and running ...and running.

Only 51 days to go now to the London Marathon. Yes that's what I said .. the London Marathon. If I can perform a literally miraculous feat of running (slowly) for 26 miles (!) then the least you can all do is donate something you can afford. Remember it’s for Edinburgh!
I ran 16 miles last Friday so it was good to start really getting the distance up. I reckon I need to add about 2k to that per week now though.
Two good charities. Go to to see what I'm raising money for. Special thanks to virgin Money for putting me in.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Still Running!

What have I done ! I've registered for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. I should say Virgin Money have registered me for it.  Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and your donations will be quickly processed and passed to the One City Trust (the Lord Provost's charity) and then to my Lord Provost's Rapid Action Fund. The aim of this fund is to give grants to small to medium sized groups and organisations which find it hard to apply for the big grants. The aim is to fight inequalities in the City and narrow the gap between the haves and the have nots.
Half the money raised will also be given to the Jamie Skinner Appeal which is raising money for defibrillators and training in their use in Edinburgh.  
Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.
I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Kind regards
Donald Wilson
Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh
Click here to sponsor my run.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's Good to Keep Running!

Yes I have kept it going and have even upped the stakes! Next year we (Andy and I) are going to compete in the 10k this time. I am already doing 8.5k round Holyrood Park including up over the crags.
This Sunday I am running in the Wester Hailes Fun Run. A great community organised event. I am also saying a few words as Lord Provost to send them off so it will be good to be sending myself off as well!

Speaking of this weekend we are of course into the Gala Day season and it is the Gorgie Dalry Gala Day in Murieston Park this Saturday.  It will be great fun and it is always good to see the community working together like this.
On the same day and almost the same place I will be opening the new St Martin's Community Resource Centre at 232 Dalry Rd. (St Martin's Church).

Friday, May 23, 2014

That 5K again!

Those who have sponsored me - thank you and those who haven't it now! It's to fight child poverty in Scotland. There can be few things in life more important than giving the next generation to best start in life we possibly can.
The Lord Provost the Rt Hon Donald Wilson is training for the 5K at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. We met him on Arthur's Seat.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

STV Appeal 5K

Yes - it's a last minute plug for my 5K. Here is my initial statement...
Lord Provost of Edinburgh - STV Appeal 5K
I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this year’s STV Appeal. Poverty amongst children is unacceptable in this day and age, so it’s great to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile caus...e making a difference to the lives of young people across Scotland, including Edinburgh.

Next weekend I will be taking on my first 5km run, it has been a long term ambition of mine to participate in a race like this, and doing it on behalf of the STV Appeal gives me a goal to aim for.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get fit and at the same time support an outstanding cause. I would greatly appreciate any donations in support of the STV Appeal. 
I can assure you I am taking it very seriously and did eight and a half K round Holyrood Park this morning. I even went up over the Craggs! I have to admit this was hard but will make the actual run seem a lot easier. The view is stunning.

You can donate by visiting my Just Giving page below:

Many thanks and grateful for your support
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Edinburgh International Science Festival

I've said before that I would concentrate on local stuff with this blog and stick to the Lord Provost's Blog for for things relating to that role. Having said that I do want to start this post by saying how much I am looking forward to the Edinburgh International Science Festival. I was the Chair for many years and am now its Honorary President so it holds a special place in my heart. We had the church service on Sunday but the Festival itself runs from the 5th to the 20th April. The service was a fitting start with everyone processing up the High Street from the City Chambers into St Giles. At least eighteen institutions and organisations in the City were represented which made for a colourful and impressive spectacle. We were escorted by the High Constables who always lend dignity to the occasion. It is about showing pride in, and support for, the worlds very first and still the best Science Festival. A particular strength or this festival is the ability to engage and interest young people in science and technology. It has everything from a Science Creche to a Science Ceilidh! Serious scientific issues to family fun the theme this year is 'Science is at the Heart of Everything'. More or less everything is interactive so it is a great opportunity to have your say on all things scientific . Don't miss it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Big Night for the Gorgie Dalry Community Association

This is something of a plug, but a justifiable one I think! The Gorgie Dalry Community Association have organised a Dolly Parton / Kenny Rodgers Tribute Night to raise funds after the closure of their McLeod Street centre which is in need of major renovation. It is on Friday 1st Feb. @ 7.30 till late. The venue is the Gorgie Suite, Hearts Football Club, Tynecastle Stadium. Tickets are £10. Phone me on 0131 529 4000 or email - just to let me know you are coming so we can put the tickets aside for you at the door.
the Gorgie Dalry Community Association ran a full program of sports and events at the centre at a cost that was affordable for local people. Though some of the activities have been transferred to other centres this is a facility the area cannot afford to loose! So whether you are a Dolly Parton / Kenny Rodgers fan or not please come along and support the Gorgie Dalry community.