Crosswalk heads to town

Gordon Cruden and his team will attempt to complete a 600-mile route in just 30 days.
Gordon Cruden and his team will attempt to complete a 600-mile route in just 30 days.

If people in Peterhead see a man walking though the town carrying a 12ft cross, they can rest assured it’s for a good cause.

Gordon Cruden, area manager of addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland, will pass through Peterhead with the 12ft cross on Sunday, April 16, as part of a major fundraiser; The People’s Crosswalk Challenge.

Teen Challenge, which helps addicts break free from their struggles to live new, clean lives, will launch the crosswalk around the nation on the day.

The initiative will see Gordon and as many supporters as possible circumnavigate Scotland, carrying the 45lb cross. The team will attempt to complete the 600-mile route in just 30 days, meaning they will have to travel around 20 miles on foot each day.

The challenge is being organised to raise funds for Teen Challenge’s ‘Buy Benaiah’ campaign; a five-year fundraising drive to raise the £535,000 required to buy women’s addiction recovery home, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The facility, which allows mothers to continue living with their children while they complete the faith-based recovery programme, Teen Challenge, is currently rented.

However, the purchase of the property would mean the centre could continue to provide females with residential support on a permanent basis and, ultimately, help many more women break free from the horrors of addiction to live clean, free lives.

Gordon said: “The initiative will raise money needed to buy our women’s addiction recovery home, Benaiah, as we look to do all we can to help individuals from becoming another heartbreaking statistic.

“We’re excited to be passing through Peterhead and would encourage any of our supporters to join us as we walk through the town to raise not only funds but also awareness of the drugs issue and, ultimately, the answer to life-controlling addictions.”

To donate to the Buy Benaiah campaign, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peoplescrosswalkchallenge