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Climb team to talk on ‘inspirational’ trek

A talk tomorrow evening aims to inspire people to “change the world by raising money for those in poverty”.

A group who just returned to the island following a trek through Nepal to raise money for Adara Development will talk at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute about their experiences and organisers will be looking for the next troupe to take up the challenge.

Adara has worked in Nepal since 1998 on integrated development projects that aim to improve capacity for the communities they help.

The local representative for Adara, Pamela Barit Nolan, told The Royal Gazette: “The presentation will be two pronged — one, to let people know what Adara is doing in Nepal and why we went there.

“The second part of the talk is about personal development and challenge. We will speak on what it meant to us and how meaningful it was for us to visit Adara's school.

“Think big and climb high for yourself and while you are doing that you can do something like we did by change the world by raising money for people in poverty. It is encouraging people to think about ways to give back.”

Adara was started in Bermuda almost 20 years ago as the ISIS Foundation on Crow Lane. This is the fourth charity challenge it has undertaken: the first was in 2002 when a team from Ace climbed Kilimanjaro; the second was in 2008 when an XL team went to Everest Space Camp; and in 2010 a group of individuals trekked in Nepal.

Trekker Karen Gonsalves said the trip was one of the best experiences of her life.

She said: “We are all part of a shared humanity. When we give of ourselves to help others, we become better people, with more empathy and compassion towards others, and more joy in our hearts.”

Maureen Moore was one of the eldest on the trip at aged 70. She said: “I did this because I wanted to challenge myself and give back to something.

“I probably wouldn't have made it without the support and encouragement of my fellow trekkers who all took time to walk with me.”

Robert Zuill was there and spent five weeks filming and documenting Adara's projects as a gift to Adara for its 20 anniversary. He said: “Taking on this assignment meant weeks of walking slowly from village to village to village. In doing the work I have done over my life, each time I am in a situation like this I am often surprised by the joy you see in areas like this where people have so little and where life is so hard, especially in the winter.”

At the end of the evening's presentation, Ms Barit Nolan plans to conduct a survey to gauge demand for another trip.

Anyone wishing to participate in a trip would benefit from having a keen sense of adventure, a fairly good level of fitness but mostly a passion for the cause they are raising funds for.

The group committed to raising $10,000 each for the visit to Nepal.

The lecture begins at 7.30pm tomorrow evening in the BUEI's Tradewinds Auditorium.

Anyone interested in taking part in a fundraising trip can e-mail pamela.baritnolan@adaragroup.org or call 333-9996.

Trekkers from left, front row: Mike Sowa, Aspen Insurance; Tom Rumsey, Charity Challenge; Maureen Moore, Adara; Pam, Adara, Karen Gonsalves; second row: Raj, head guide, Andrew O'Brien, Aspen Insurance; Kristen Juul, Derek Stapley, Adara, Bhadri, assistant guide, Paul Konyesci, Axis Insurance, Dev, assistant guide.

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Published November 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm (Updated November 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm)

Climb team to talk on ‘inspirational’ trek

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