A group of 8 Welsh professionals are just one week away from partaking on an extraordinary adventure for a charity. On 25th May 2017 the walkers will set off on a 200 mile endurance hike from Cardiff to St Davids to raise money for The SAFE Foundation (SAFE).
The 10 day event ‘BIG CITY little city’ which has been organised by SAFE, a South Wales based international development charity, aims to raise funds for their projects helping marginalised communities overseas. Participants will walk 20 miles a day, sleeping each night at a campsite along the route that will take in most of the South Wales coastal path.
The charity aims to raise £15,000 through the challenge by walkers gaining sponsorship for their efforts. It is the first event of its kind in Wales. There are smaller charity walks throughout Wales but a full 10 day 200 mile challenge has never been organised.
Caz from The SAFE Foundation said of the hike:
“We wanted to create a fundraising event that would be a real challenge for people. Something that stretched the ability, stamina, mental attitude of participants and something that people could be proud of achieving. And being a Welsh charity with access to the amazing coastline, we thought what better way than to walk from our lovely country’s biggest city to its smallest.”
SAFE supports communities through small development activities like providing clean running water to villages through the creation of bore wells and providing local teachers to underfunded schools to increase access to education for tribal children. The event manager Angie Bettany said “This is an event like no other! Our walkers have been training hard over the last six weeks for this challenge and our team of volunteers have put an amazing amount of effort into the event preparations. Many thanks to everyone who has supported on this journey so far; from food donations to free camping accommodation. It’s great to see the community pull together to support to help make this a success”.
Departing from the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay at 9am on Thursday 25th May, SAFE invite anyone that wants to wave their walkers off to do so. Additionally, you can donate through their here – www.justgiving.com/companyteams/SAFEBCLC2017