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Trekking the Himalayas for ActionAid in 2006
Sam Hill is a Development Manager/Software Developer/Futurologist by day - not the sort of person you would usually find trekking across the most challenging terrain in the world....|
The Himalayas are after all home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest; and also offer the most dangerous environment on earth - extremes of temperature, high altitudes producting a most interesting disturbance to the human body; dangers through avalanches and crevasses, altitude sickness and other diseases, pains, fear and exhaustion - one of the most frequent causes of death in the Himalayas.
So, why did Sam spend 10 days, covering nearly 300 miles in the Himalayas, where there is no air for breathing, and reaching heights at which some of today's aircraft cruise...?
Why do it?
The trek was in aid of ActionAid - registered charity number: 274467.
2005 was the year to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY. Every single day, 30,000 children die as a result of extreme poverty. The gap between the world's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, AIDS, conflict and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions, its time this changed.
"I am undertaking this trek to raise funds for the charity actionaid, a charity started in 1972 initially to fight poverty the world over - and by 2004 reached over 19 million people worldwide. by supporting me on this trek, your sponsorhip goes directly to actionaid and you are helping to raise awareness of the charity and the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign."|
Here are just a few examples of what the sponsorship will achieve:
- £15 buys three basic HIV medical kits.
- £80 will feed a child in a shelter in India for a year.
- £100 could run a medical centre for 5 days - treating over 100 people in Guharat.
- £250 will pay the years salary of a teacher in an access centre in Ethiopia.
Sam will not just be trekking across the Himalayas; he will also be meeting the Dali Lama and spending a day in Delhi working with an actionaid project, to help rescue poverished street children.
When did Sam go?
Departure was the 13th March 2006, and returned on 26th March 2006.
Now, please explore this website for full details on the trip and why you should sponsor Sam.
What was the result?
Sam returned safely, but exhaused, on the 26th March 2006 and along with his fellow trekkers raised over £45,000 for ActionAid to use for good causes. This level of fund raising could pay for the "street-orphan" rescue centre visited in Delhi for nearly 2 years.