Adventurous nurses and other professionals are singing up to a challenging five-day charity trek across the mountains of Ethiopia.
Up to 20 participants will face the extreme daytime heat and freezing nights of the 4,000-metre peaks - dubbed the “Tibet of Africa” for five long days of challenging physical exertion at altitude, in a bid to raise over £100,000 through sponsorship.
The money will be used by international development charity Transaid to provide Africans living in poverty with safer, cheaper, and more efficient transport, facilitating their access to healthcare, education and work.
Transaid CEO Chris Saunders says: “It pleases us no end that there are people out there willing to take on this kind of challenge for charity - and if anyone’s considering it I urge them to contact us.”
He warns that the trip is not for the faint-hearted though. It requires motivation and preparation.
Ethiopia’s grassy peaks are populated by gelada baboon, Simien fox and endangered species walia ibex, and should offer some magnificent sights. But apart from the wild animals, the adventurers will be alone to face their challenge - aided only by a pack donkey, a doctor and a group of local guides to set up camp and cook the meals while they’re roughing it.
Mr Saunders comments: “We’d love to hear from anyone keen on getting involved. Trek Ethiopia’s guaranteed to be a pretty life-changing experience - and who knows how many more it will save?”
Trek Ethiopia runs from 4-12 February 2010, after which there is an additional option of staying on to explore the country at a more leisurely pace. Visit transaid.org to download a registration pack. Alternatively, call 020 7387 8136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an information pack.