AS we begin our descent to Christmas festivities, and families prepare to tackle a mountain of mince pies, another important day peaks its head.
Today (Monday 11 December) is International Mountain Day and, to celebrate, specialist charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland), is calling on supporters to put the world’s most majestic mountain-top city, Machu Picchu, on their Christmas wish-list.
Throughout the awareness day, set up by the United Nations to bring attention to the world’s mountain ranges, experienced adventurers and novice explorers are being encouraged to get off the beaten track and sign up to trek the Andes Mountains in support of the charity.
Taking place in November 2018, the ten-day round-trip begins in the Peruvian City of Cusco, before hikers begin their journey along the popular Inca trail. They will tackle three mountain passes, before reaching the majestic Sun Gate and then their final destination, Machu Picchu which is situated in a tropical mountain forest.
Deborah Roe, director of fundraising at SBH Scotland, said: “We are hoping that people will be inspired by the awareness day to visit the world’s longest continental mountain range. The Andes runs through several South American countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, and, of course, Peru – making it one of the world’s most interesting places to explore.
“The trip also ticks off a whole host of New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s to travel more, take on a new challenge or get fit. It provides a great opportunity for those looking to dig deep this Christmas and sponsor loved ones interested in taking part.”
SBH Scotland is giving explorers the chance to climb the Andes Mountains and experience the lost civilisation of Machu Picchu, for a reduced rate – at 25 per cent less than the usual rate.
The minimum sponsorship level is just £3,000, with all profits from the event being used to provide personalised home and hospital support to thousands of children, young people and adults affected by the lifelong, complex disabilities of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
SBH Scotland will also work with those signed up to help them raise the money, offering advice and tips on the various types of fundraising activities they can undertake to achieve sponsorship.
Deborah Roe continued: “Money raised by the trekkers will be used to support hundreds of families across Scotland, so we are calling on as many people as possible sign up.”
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