Scotland Cateran YOMP
June 6-11 Edinburgh, Scotland – A primary focus of the Allied Forces Foundation (AFF) is to reinvigorate the spirit of comradeship and teamwork that so many wounded, ill and injured, serving and veterans miss when forced to return to a desk job or civilian life. This is achieved through enabling participation in different challenges, both in the US and UK, including the Cateran Yomp in Scotland.
These challenges deliver an opportunity for individuals to come together with other military and former military who are facing similar experiences. It enhances the relationship between these personnel from nations who fight together on the battlefield as allies and the Yomp provides the chance to share stories and advice as they fight together for recovery.
This endurance walking event has raised 300,000 dollars to help soldiers, veterans and their families. The annual Cateran Yomp saw more than 1,000 soldiers and civilians walk side by side on a 24-hour trek across the historic Cateran Trail in Perthshire. Participants take on 22, 36.5 or a challenging 54 miles in just 24 hours across the Scottish Highlands.
During the week of June 5-12 2019, AFF will take WII service people and veterans from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ukraine, and Georgia to participate side by side with their British counterparts, known collectively as Team AFF. Team members compete in the endurance event in order to renew self-confidence, re-establish self-esteem and provide a focus for recovery and rehabilitation. In addition to the Yomp, Team AFF will enjoy cultural visits whilst in Scotland as well as the fun of learning the skills needed to enter in a Highland Games.
The Robert Irvine Foundation has been a proud sponsor of this event for the last three years due to the belief in the Allied Forces Foundation’s mission and how the two organizations are dedicated to the embetterment of the military community, both domestic and foreign. Robert and his team have attended this event for the last three years to provide support and motivation to these participants through walking the event. The Cateran Yomp creates a new level of comradery and therapeutic rehabilitation for all those that participate.