Northcote pair on charity Nepal trek
Two Northcote team members are embarking on the journey of a lifetime as they trek and volunteer in the mountains of Nepal.
General manager Craig Jackson and sales director Kaye Mathew signed up for the challenge last year to raise funds for Children of the Mountain charity.
The duo set off on Tuesday (23rd October) flying to Kathmandu before taking an internal flight to begin their trek up the Annapurna mountain range.
They will sleep in tearooms in the mountains during the five day trek, covering 12-15 miles per day and will complete their challenge by spending five days volunteering on some of the projects they are supporting. These include building schools and grounds for the young people of Nepal, to give them an education and therefore a brighter future.
The Annapurna mountain range is just 2000ft from Mount Everest and offers superb views of the landscape. Their first trek saw them cover 12 miles over 9 hours, reaching 3000 feet.
Craig said: “Working in hospitality means going the extra mile to look after hotel guest every day. But now I’m putting on my walking boots to go the extra mile of a different kind. After seeing how hard Children of the Mountain work to provide a better future for young people at a fundraising event, I felt like I had to get involved to try and make a difference. The trek will be a huge personal challenge for me, but one I’m willing to do to help COTM build schools and offer education to children who would otherwise miss out.”
Kaye added: “When I was introduced to the work Mike Smith and John Matthews, founder of the charity, were doing I was bowled over and knew immediately I wanted to be involved more. Before I knew it, Mike had sorted our flights to Kathmandu! I can’t wait – it will be life changing I know! We are all so very lucky to live in a safe environment with our families, friends and support of local communities, of course we complain about daily life challenges, but it is beyond comprehension that in this world so many children suffer without the basic life requirements. This charity makes things happen, by getting people involved and then make a difference to the lives of young children, with a vision for a fairer world where all children of gender, caste or economic circumstance have access to an education as a means of overcoming hardship and inequality. So, Craig and I are going to work extremely hard and dedicate all the time it needs, with the support of our families; friends and work colleagues to raise as much as possible protect these vulnerable children, inspire teachers and enable adults to be strong and competitive. We are aiming to raise enough funds to build a safe secure learning environment for 50 children and more.”
The pair have joined a group of 10 volunteers who have made their way to South Asia with the aim of making a difference for Nepalese youngsters who are among some of the most deprived in Asia.
800,000 children do not go to school, but Children of the Mountain aim to offer learning as a way to break the cycle of poverty. The charity was set up in 2009 to support the poorest children in rural and urban Nepal, providing them with opportunity through access to education and personal development.