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Plucky Wester Ross woman celebrates birthday by stepping up to mighty challenge inspired by work of Ullapool Sea Savers

By Hector MacKenzie

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Rosie Mckenzie is going to carry on walking, despite the challenges she faces. Impressed Ullapool Sea Savers have cheered her on her way.
Rosie Mckenzie is going to carry on walking, despite the challenges she faces. Impressed Ullapool Sea Savers have cheered her on her way.

KEEN young environmental campaigners in Wester Ross stepped out today to greet a fundraiser going the extra mile to help their group.

Rosie Mckenzie from Mckenzie Mountaineering set herself the challenge of doing 600,000 steps between January 17 and her birthday on March 11, raising funds for Ullapool Sea Savers and Venture Scotland.

Ms Mckenzie, who is awaiting complex knee surgery following a serious road traffic accident in her twenties in which she broke both of her legs, decided to help the causes close to her heart to keep fit while awaiting the operation.

Two members of the Ullapool Sea Savers (USS) took a walk of their own today to congratulate her on smashing the target and dealing their group a welcome boost.

Ms Mckenzie has hit the 670,505 mark and is now planning edging towards a million while she awaits a date for surgery which has been postponed due to Covid.

She described USS as "a group of amazing young people based in Ullapool where I live who have come together to seek out positive, proactive ways to work to promote, protect and save the seas".

She said: "It is all too important especially now for all of us to look into ways of caring better for our environment and these young people are an inspiration which is why I think they are so worthy of our support."

Of her own journey following the devastating accident, she said: "Many years later after falling in love with hill walking and with encouragement from so many people, I pushed myself to become a qualified mountain leader and For the last 12 years I have had a successful guided walking business with my amazing partner Ben which we hope will continue to thrive in future years once Covid restrictions are lifted. I like to think I may have inspired some of our wonderful clients over the years with my story and how much you can achieve it you put your mind to it.

To follow her progress and give a donation, her Sea Saver fundraising page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosie-mckenzie4

And Venture Scotland is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosie-mckenzie3

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