CHESTER’S STUDENTS are raising money for the fifth year running to help developing children around the world have a better education, protection and healthcare
Students from the University of Chester have been supporting children in developing countries for the charity Childreach International for the past five years running.
This year they are taking upon the challenge called ‘ Expedition Everest’, where each individual in the charity group has to raise £2,500 to travel to Nepal and trek to Mount Everest’s base camp to improve the lives of poverty stricken children.
Over the duration of the two-week trip the group will witness the spectacular views of steep valleys, three-tiered waterfalls, and snow capped peaks across the incredible scenes of the Himalayas.
Whilst being in Nepal the group will be given the opportunity to visit a Childreach International project in the Kathmandu region to understand the work the organisation performs and meet some of the children whose lives are changed by their fundraising.
The expedition is not a typical tourist route, as the team will follow the remote narrow pathways to visit many Buddhist monasteries, local Sherpa communities and rows of prayer flags. Then the trip takes the team into the renowned Sagarmatha National Park where they can explore the lush valleys and colourful market town of Namche Bazaar.
Then everyone will make their way to Gorak Shep, the historical Base Camp to ascend 5,545m upwards to reach the Kala Patthar. Here the group will see the unforgettable 360-degree views of the largest mountain in the world and the surrounding Himalayas.
This year, one member who is leading the expedition is Camilla Zeitlin, a third year sports science student. When discussing what made her want to lead the expedition she said: “ As I am in my final year at university, it was my last opportunity to do something like this before I leave and start a career. It was a real once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t refuse.”
Camilla explained that everyone is raising money for the trip either individually, by carrying out bake sales, movie nights and sporting events or by joining together and hosting large fundraising events.
On a personal level Camilla finds the most rewarding part of the expedition will be “ visiting the sporting school, called the Meera Centre where the fundraising money helps educate children through sporting activities. It will be so rewarding to see how our money actually helps these children.”
Childreach International is one of the top children’s charities in the world and 55 percent of everything people raise goes to six major developing countries. The charity is very unique as some of the money goes to women’s rights and equality, which is something that needs to be recognised.
Lets hope Camilla and the team hit their fundraising targets and make an impact on these children’s lives and have a once in a lifetime experience.
If you want to donate to Childreach International or find out more about the expeditions visit, http://www.childreach.org.uk