AN East Renfrewshire man is stepping forward to support a worthy cause by taking part in this year’s Kiltwalk.

Anwar Rafiq is raising money for the Neilston War Memorial Association (NWMA) after being impressed by the work it does in his home village.

He is already in training for the 16.5-mile event, which leaves from Glasgow Green on Sunday, September 26.

Anwar, from Neilston, said: “Walking is great because I can use it to get fit and hopefully help somebody else out too.

“This charity is close to my heart and has inspired me to give something back.

“They fund a lot of local events and I wanted to help out.”

Matt Drennan, NWMA secretary, said: “We are very pleased Anwar has chosen to raise funds for our charity through the Kiltwalk.

“Anwar is a good friend and has worked with us in the past, when we handed out over 700 art packs to schoolchildren in the village.

“Any money donated to Anwar will go towards our Christmas lights event in December.”

Last year, Anwar took part in a virtual Kiltwalk for another good cause after the event was impacted by the Covid pandemic.

He raised money to help keep the Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre, on the Gleniffer Braes, afloat after it was hit by a cash crisis.

Anwar, who is a leader with 1st Neilston Scouts, is hoping local people will rally round his latest fundraising effort.

Any money raised by Anwar will be topped up 50 per cent, courtesy of Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

“Any donation you can spare will mean the world to me and my chosen charity,” said Anwar.

To support Anwar’s fundraising efforts, visit HERE and search for ‘Anwar Rafiq’.