Many thanks to our wonderful Trustee Sallie who has recently completed this magnificent achievement raising funds for FOM. Here she tells her story….
Dear Loyal Supporters of Friends of Malezi
I am now back to the flatlands of Cambridgeshire after my epic trip to the north west section of the Indian Himalayas and I wanted to thank you all for your sponsorship and continuing support. I raised over £1,000 which will go a long way to helping our children in Tanzania.
The trek, up to some 3,500 metres, was something I shall keep in my mind for a very long time as it was considerably tougher than we had expected. The terrain was always rocky and uneven and there was never a time that one could stop concentrating. We walked uphill for the first three days, scrambled up rocky mountainsides, waded across rivers and even crossed two precipitous landslips hanging onto narrow ledges with sheer drops below. The camping at the end of each day was as basic as I had expected, generally along spectacular ridges, but always cold. But we did it! We did it with a smile and laughed our way through the difficulties, always thinking of the children we had committed to support.
Anne and I were fortunate enough to be able to spend an extra week in this interesting area of India, leaving the group when they to returned to Delhi. We spent time around Amritsar, exploring the Golden Temple and the somewhat hilarious Wagar border between Pakistan and India. We then moved on to Chandigarth, followed by six uncomfortable hours on the toy train from Kalka to Shimla, where we visited the Viceroy’s Lodge and saw all things colonial! Earlier in our schedule we were able to visit the compound of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Unfortunately he was not able to fit us into his schedule!
It was an action packed three weeks and I thank you all for your support. I should perhaps remind you that every penny you have contributed will have gone directly to our Friends of Malezi charity.
With many thanks to all