It’s the final leg of a very long challenge. They have already climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon; and they raised a great deal of money for the COINS Foundation doing so. Now, they face a different challenge. Eight of the highest fundraisers from the 2008 COINS Three Peaks Challenge will be travelling to Mozambique.
The intrepid travellers are Ben Smith, Gingenious; Matt Prichard, Castleoak; Barry Eldred (team leader Habitat for Humanity); Lucille Chitty, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd; Steve Brook, Wiggins & Brook Ltd; Holly Chaplin, Sandvik Mining & Construction; Ed Hartwell, Skanska Construction Private; Dan Morrissey, Skanska Construction Private; Robert Oakes, Weston Homes and Ric Law, COINS Foundation.
Make no mistake, this trip is not so much a reward as another challenge! At COINS Foundation, we’re of the opinion that ‘poverty tourism’ is a bit iffy. We think that if we are to visit the poorest people in the world, we should do so only if they ask us; we should go to learn, and we should go to do something that will directly benefit the people we visit. So this year, we’re delighted to be working with our partners Habitat for Humanity (HFH), who are going to take this group of rising stars and make them work hard! This team has been invited by the HFH project in Mozambique from 28th March to 4th April to work on a house building project for orphans and vulnerable children for 4 days.* They’ll be working in the baking hot sun, learning from the locals, eating with the locals and sleeping in a nearby mission house complete with mosquitoes and cold showers! They’ll then get a couple of days to nurse their aches and pains visiting elephants at the Maputo Elephant Reserve, picnicking (among the crocodiles!) at Lake Mundi and sunbathing on Milibangala beach.
We hope they return educated and inspired!
The trip is being totally sponsored by COINS Global. Not one penny of funds raised for charity will be spent on this trip.
*£125,000 from the 2008 Three-Peaks Challenge was donated to Habitat for Humanity to pay for 100 homes for vulnerable children last year.