Monday, March 19, 2007

Quiz Night Reminder

Hi All

Just a quick reminder about the Quiz Night I am hosting on Saturday 31st March at Great Chesterford Community Centre to raise funds for my charity trek in October

We need a few more teams to make the evening a success so if you are able to come along (even if you don't have enough for a team of 4-6) please let me know.
Also, if you know anyone that might be interested in joining us please persuade them as well!

Cost of entry is a mere £2 per person, and we start at 7:30pm.

Please also bring any drinks/snacks for your teams with you as well.

Click on the link below for a map to the venue

Thanks in advance


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Making an exhibition

With the countdown clock for my fundraising now ticking I have begun my planning for the summers events.
In the very early stages of organisation is an art exhibition in Saffron Walden at the beginning of June. If you would be interested in exhibiting (for a small donation and small % commission of sales) please get in touch. More details will be posted here soon.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Getting all the cash

Good news

ActionAid have finally sorted themselves out and have set up their own online sponsorship site. This means that any donations received are sent straight to charity without a third party taking their slice.
I have followed suit and set up a new sponsorship page which I will use to replace my JustGiving site.
Please follow this link to view my brand spanking new sponsorship page



I survived.
I have returned from a very enjoyable if somewhat soggy weekend in the Chilterns training for October.
I arrived in Henley-on-Thames at 8am on Saturday morning greeted by blue skies and sunshine and met my fellow intrepid walkers at the pre-arranged spot. There I met 2 other members of my forthcoming trip - Christine and Mike, along with ActionAid staff members Chris, Jenny and Helen, our guides Terry and Paul and a number of other travellers booked on alternative treks.

Saturday's walk followed a circular route from Henley and took in the villages of Hambledon and Assendon in very pleasant conditions. Although there was some conflict between pedometer and GPS we travelled approximately 14miles in total before spending the evening at our accomodation - the Youth Hostel in nearby Streatley.

Sunday morning was less inviting and after a short drive to our starting point at Christmas Common, the rain began to fall, the winds picked up and we were provided with a day of difficult conditions in which to conduct our walk.
Again we followed a circular route this time covering approximately 11 miles through the villages of Stoner and Turville before finally returning to the Fox and Hounds PH at Christmas Common and a welcoming ale.

Whether the conditions provided suitable training for trekking in 45+oC heat in the Rift Valley remains to be seen. Nevertheless, an enjoyable time was had.

And the boots are now to be retired off as well


Friday, March 02, 2007

Ideal Preparation

Well, tomorrow I am off on my first traning weekend for my trek in October. The idea is to get and idea of my fitness level and get some form of preparation undertaken for the big one.
Having seen the weather forecast for Sunday, I have a feeling the conditions could not be further from that which I will see in Kenya in 7 months time - nevertheless, I am looking forward to it.

As well as the 2 days of trekking around the Chiltern hills in the rain there will be the opportunity to meet fellow trip members and also to learn a bit more about the work ActionAid does around the world.

You may recall I was in desperate need for new footwear for the trip - I didn't manage to get any! I have decided to stick with my trusty Salomons for the weekend before retiring them to the great big outdoor clothing graveyard in the sky.

I shall report back on Monday!