This weekend, Explore staff will be taking part in the Trailwalker challenge. Along with 500 other teams, Explore staff will be challenging themselves to trek 100 km in 30 hours across the South Downs. All the teams taking part in the challenge will be raising much needed money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
|Explore is no stranger to challenges. It operates a variety of tours, including walking and trekking adventures ranging from easy walks in Europe to harder treks, such as Kilimanjaro. This is not the first time that some of the Explore staff have taken part in Trailwalker, however this year Explore have a record of four teams competing in the challenge. Other members of staff have also volunteered to form part of the support crew, helping and assisting their teams along the way to ensure they make it across the finish line.
Trailwalker has been helping raise funds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust for many years. This year, the event has pledged to drum-up over £1million in sponsorship. The money raised by teams such as those from Explore will ensure that Oxfam can continue its excellent work around the world and that Ghurkha villages have clean, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Not only does Explore help charities such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust by taking part in challenges like Trailwalker, but it also offers continual support to the local communities visited on its tours. In Nepal for example, some of its tours visit Gurkha homelands. Explore promises to always ‘give back’ to the local communities that it visits, helping to improve the lives of people who would usually be unable to reap the benefits of tourism.
The Explore teams have raised £5,130 of their £7,000 target so far. With another week of fundraising ahead of them, the team members are eager to reach their target before the trek. To kick-start the fundraising efforts of its staff, Explore sponsored each of the teams £300 and since then the teams have been working hard to raise as much as possible. Joanna Rolls, Senior Operations Manager at Explore, who is taking part in the challenge for the second year running, said:
“Trailwalker is one of the hardest events I’ve ever taken part in and now I’m mad enough to do it again. It’s not just the actual event that is daunting, for weeks before we’re out in the sun and rain training on the South Downs, whilst trying to think up new and exciting ways to fundraise. Our total target is £7,000 – that’s almost more daunting than the actual 100km itself!”
The teams have been training extremely hard for the Trailwalker challenge, and are ready to face the challenge this weekend. If you would like to sponsor the teams at Explore, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ExploresFour