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Highland Cross 2018 - Participants' Bulletin No 1

Welcome to the 36th Highland Cross!

Whether you are a veteran of 30+ Crosses or coming into the event for the first time you are part of the amazing Community of Highland Cross that delivers outstanding benefit to Highland charities.

The Community of Highland Cross – YOU and the folk who make the day happen

You will take part on the day alongside over 750 folk with the same goals as you – to cross the Highlands in a day and raise funds for the five superb causes nominated to be major beneficiaries from this year’s event.  Details of the causes are in your booklet on pages 10, 11 and 12. 

Your crossing is made possible by a wonderful support network of volunteers, businesses, public bodies and voluntary groups who come together each year to make the Cross happen.  Many of folk supporting the Cross are past participants or their organisations have teams taking part as well as supporting.

100 volunteers from the benefitting charities will be working along the route and representatives from over a dozen charities that have benefitted from previous Highland Crosses will be supporting the event with donated vehicles and labour.  Details of the sponsors and supporters are on pages 13 and 14 of the booklet.

Preparing for the day

Please read the route and safety advice in the booklet – pages 4 and 5 - and on the website.  How you prepare for the Cross will largely determine if you have a memorable or miserable experience.

Please note the basic emergency equipment that every participant is expected to carry throughout the day it is detailed on page 5.  Please get used to carrying it in training.

Fundraising

This is often the hardest part of the Cross! But your efforts will bring immense benefit to causes that would struggle over years to raise the sums that one Highland Cross day can generate. These charities support some of the most vulnerable folk in our communities. The athletic challenge is admirable but the prime aim of the Cross is to give the nominated charities a tremendous boost.

Changes to the regulations for maintaining digital records

From 25 May 2018 we have to change the way that we keep our information on you.  This is because of the General Data Protection Regulations.

We keep records so that we can communicate with you about the event and especially as the event nears with updates on route conditions.  We keep records so that we can assign your fundraising efforts to the correct teams. We need to hold information so that we can award prizes to the athletically minded amongst you and to award long service gifts to folk who complete twenty Crossings.

Our data handlers are professionally involved in the secure handling of information and we do not share any of our information with any other event or organisation.  We never have and never will.

As this date approaches we shall be communicating with you further with regards to your privacy options.

Please ensure that this bulletin is shared with all your team members – not everybody has given us an e mail address. Every member of each team must register with us so that we can comply with the new data regulations. 

Facebook

We have opened up our new Facebook page as another way to communicate with our participants and the Highland Cross community.

https://www.facebook.com/thehighlandcross/