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Trekking for charity in Laos and China


Monday March 9, 2009

Have you ever wanted to check out China's famous Tiger Leaping Gorge or the Lao world heritage town of Luang Prabang? Now you can and at the same time help some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Red Cross is running two adventure treks, one to China and the other to Laos, this September.

Participants take up the challenge to raise at least $6,800 for the China trek and $6,200 for the Laos trek, with at least $3,000 going to the charity and part of the money covering travel costs.

Those taking part can choose to fundraise the full amount or they can pay for part of or the entire trip from personal funds.

'The trips are designed to be mentally and physically rewarding; it's all about adventure,' said Red Cross NSW Executive Director Lewis Kaplan.

'At the same time by raising money for charity those taking part in 'The Power of Humanity Trek' are helping Red Cross to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and overseas.'

'Trek participants will be supported by Red Cross's fundraising team and given lots of ideas about how to raise the money through everything from holding raffles to online fundraising to organising events.'

'The money raised will be used to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and around the world. With $70 Red Cross can provide a healthy breakfast for two months to a child who would otherwise go hungry; with $250 we can help a family separated by disaster and conflict to find each other again; with $2,500 we can build 10 toilets for families in East Timor, alleviating the spread of illness and disease.'

Up to 20 people will take part in each trek, run in conjunction with World Expeditions. The trips are open to anyone aged 15 years and older. There is no maximum age limit; however those aged under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.

In China participants will visit the country's south western provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan, as well as the Tiger Leaping and Yangtze gorges, Lugu Lake, and minority villages and frontier towns. In Laos the trip starts in the UNESCO-rated World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, with visits to temples, monasteries, and winds up with a three day trek though the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area.

The trips run for 12 days and are rated introductory level adventure treks. Participants will need a moderate level of fitness and a medical clearance.

* Information sessions will be held in Melbourne at 6pm on Wednesday 25 March at World Expeditions, Level 1, 393 Little Bourke St, Melbourne and in Sydney at 6pm on Thursday 26 March at World Expeditions, Level 5, 71 York St.
RSVP to charitychallenge@redcross.org.au or 02 9229 4228 by 19 March.

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