Belfast Telegraph

Action Cancer urging us to take a walk on the wild side

Northern Ireland cancer charity Action Cancer is calling on the Northern Ireland public to take a walk on the wild side and sign up to its 2011 African Tribal Trek.

The 65km trek, which takes place from May 27 until June 5 next year, will allow participants to explore the African wilderness at its best while supporting their own local community.

The challenge takes place in the Unesco World Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater which is set around a volcano rising from the Tanzanian Great Rift Valley.

The local Massai tribe will lead the trek while sharing their local knowledge with the group and showing them around the local village.

Participants will walk for up to eight hours every day through a range of hot landscapes and vegetative grassland and forest.

They will scale nearly 3,000 meters to the summit of a live volcano in time for sunrise.

All money raised by the trek will be used to fund the charity’s local life-saving and support services which are available from Action Cancer House in Belfast and regionally on their Big Bus.

Such services include counselling for people living with cancer as well as their families, health checks, health promotion and complementary therapies.

Action Cancer also provides digital breast screening for women aged 40 – 49 and over 70, ages that are not screened by the NHS programme.

Action Cancer PR officer Leigh Chamberlain said: “I would appeal to anyone who has been affected by cancer or who simply needs a new challenge to take part in this trek.

“We hope to raise £90,000 which will go directly towards our local services.”

The African Tribal Trek is open to anyone over the age of 16 (16 – 18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult).

To request an information pack please call Leigh on 9080 3369 or email trek@actioncancer.org

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