If you fancy doing something a bit different this year, why not sign up for Trek4Life?
The Irish Cancer Society has launched their annual Trek4Life appeal, and asked the people of Westmeath to make 2014 a year to remember by taking part in their exciting new treks.
Treks this year include Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (11th-21st June, 10th-20th September & 15th-25th October), The Grand Canyon in the United States (13th-20th September) and Little Tibet, Delhi (2nd-12th October).
Not only will trekkers have the chance to see the world with a group of like-minded people but it also gives the opportunity to raise vital money for cancer research.
One of this year’s thrilling new treks is taking place in the shadow of the mighty Daula Dhar is a five-day trek in the Indian Himalayas. The perfect opportunity to experience the unique culture and tradition of the high Himalaya, Little Tibet offers a trek through the home of many thousands of Tibetan refugees, amongst them His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
From snow-capped peaks to patchwork green village fields, this challenge takes you through villages, forests, crossing rivers and streams.
The next of this year’s new treks is to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon in the USA. Created by the Colorado River over a 6 million year period, the awe-inspiring Canyon stretches for an unbelievable 277 miles showcasing unbelievable depths of colourful geology.
Trek along this stunning backdrop of majestic waterfalls, turquoise pools, caves and hanging gardens and be blown away by the incredible views at every point.
Finally we return to the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. A dormant Volcano mountain in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
A worldwide magnet for adventurers, walkers and climbers the world over this mountain top and trek is a once in a life time opportunity not to be missed. Along the beautiful Machame route through tropical rain forest all the way up to the mighty snow-capped Uhuru Peak 5,896m above sea level, you are guaranteed some of the most breath-taking and unbelievable views across Africa. A challenging but rewarding trek this is sure to make 2014 a year you will never forget.
Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society said: “Taking on a trek for the Irish Cancer Society is not only a massive personal challenge but it is a chance for the community to join us in the fight against cancer. Trek4Life is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a unique experience while raising vital funds for cancer research. Because of cancer research into better treatments more and more of those diagnosed with cancer will be restored to full health and that is thanks to funding from programmes such as Trek4Life”
The Irish Cancer Society has contributed more than 30 million euro to cancer research since 1963 and is the largest voluntary body funding cancer research in Ireland.