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WRVS Staff Set to Take on a Challenge of a Lifetime and Trek the Inca Trail in Peru

WRVS staff set to take on a challenge of a lifetime and trek the Inca Trail in Peru

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May 19, 2008 (FPRC) -- Its only two weeks to go until WRVS communications officer Jo White and direct marketing officer Sarah fly the 9,905 kilometres to Peru to trek the Inca Trail. They will then be trekking over 25 miles in five days - thats up to ten hours a day until they get to their ultimate destination Machu Piccu, 4,200 metres above sea level.

Inspired by the firsthand experiences they had seen of WRVS services in the community they decided to make WRVS’ 70th anniversary year a year to remember and take on a challenge of a lifetime.

Their reward for this challenging high altitude walk, hike and climb will be to raise £4,200 - £1 for every metre above sea level - for WRVS.

£4,200 will allow WRVS to support 56 older people for a whole year by supporting them in their communities - from Meals on Wheels to community centres and community transport.

“We are both getting so excited about going. We signed up for this in November last year but with a half marathon and weekly training walks under our belts - including a 20-mile walk this weekend - we now feel ready and determined to do it”, said Sarah.

Added Jo, “Rather than just ask for sponsorship we've wanted to get friends, colleagues and family to join in with our fundraising so have run loads of different events to get them involved. Our latest events are not only to raise those final funds but also a way of thanking our long suffering supporters! We are holding a pub quiz this Sunday at The Marsh Harrier, a pub in Cowley in Oxfordshire, and a rounders tournament, a barbecue and a party in the couple of weeks. We hope everyone has as much fun as we have fundraising over the last few months.”

Our fundraisers are so close to their final target and are hoping that this final push will see them through. They would like to thank everyone who has bought something from them at car boot sales, had their car washed, eaten all their cakes and biscuits or cheered them along in fun runs.

About WRVS
WRVS (http://www.wrvs.org.uk) volunteers and employees work together to support people in need who might otherwise feel lonely and isolated, whether at home, in hospital, or in times of crisis. For further information, please call 01235 442949.

For further information, please contact:

Lidia Drane
Web co-ordinator
Tel 01235 442949
lidia.drane@wrvs.org.uk



Send an email to Lidia Drane of WRVS
01235 442949



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