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DA launches the Hospice Heroes Challenges

Written by  Kim 02 October 2017

Join our hospice HEROES AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Discover Adventure, has launched Hospice Heroes, a series of global challenge events focused on raising awareness of and funds for British hospices.

The four-challenge series will take place over 2018, and includes trekking through the Sahara Desert and along the Great Wall of China, and, closer to home, cycling from London to Paris and a night climb of Mt Snowdon.

As well as operating the challenges, Discover Adventure pledges to support the hospices with producing marketing collateral, handling booking administration and lowering the financial risk. The event series is also supported by JustGiving, who will provide fundraising advice.


London to Paris Cycle  For departure date 11.07.2018 -15.07.17

Snowdon by Night - Departure 29.09.2018 - 30.09.2018 

 

Great Wall of China Trek - Departure 11.10.2018 - 20.10.2018 

 

Saharan Mini Adventure - Departure 08.11.2018 - 12.11.2018 


Discover Adventure owner Jonathan Bryan said, “Challenge events are an exciting way to engage supporters, but recruiting for them can strain the resources of small and medium-sized charities. Providing a sector-focused event series means that hospices can take advantage of the marketing material we produce, as well as sales and administration support which is usually reserved for large bespoke events.”

After extensive planning, Discover adventure is very excited to announce that our 2019 open challenge departure dates are now live and awaiting your bookings!

If you are looking to make 2019 extraordinary by meeting new friends, immersing yourself in new cultures, pushing yourself to your limits and raising money for a cause close to your heart this is your opportunity...

“Our Kilimanjaro trip was the adventure of a lifetime, with memories impossible to forget. Dr Phil brought so much joy with his passion for dancing with the porters and Vic kept the smiles on our faces. You don’t come back quite the same person you were when you left!” At Discover Adventure we want you to achieve your ambitions and we’re here for you from the get go! "- Kat, Mount Kilimanjaro Challenger - 2017

The launch of our 2019 trip dates comes ahead of the publication of our new 2018/19 brochure which will be landing on door-steps in January. The brochure will be full to the brim with great-iconic challenges such as Mount Kilimanjaro trek and the Great Wall of China Trek and will be home to a selection of brand new pioneering adventures to cater for those looking for something a little different for their next fundraising challenge experience. You can also look forward to insights and advice from our challenge experts, inspiration and top tips from previous participants, and guidance on how to choose your challenge!

Best of all we are now taking pre-requests for the 2018/19 brochures so if you want to be at the top of the mailing list then order it today!




Why book now for 2018/19?

From years of experience we strongly believe (and advise!) that by booking your challenges well in advance you put yourself in the best possible position to not only complete the challenge successfully but most importantly enjoy yourself! Take your time to build up your confidence, mentally and physically prepare and raise that all important sponsorship. We have tonnes of advice on our website and blog for you to look at to help you do the best that you possibly can in all areas, from how to prepare to tips on gaining your all-important fundraising sponsorship

We know you have it in you, and we are here for you every step on the way to support you from providing training guides, kit lists and tricks of the trade. Book now to begin you journey with plenty of time!

If you have any questions at all or just want to know more about how Discover Adventure operates worldwide charity challenges, please contact us

We've helped to plant 67,000 trees in Peru

Written by  Steph 03 February 2017

 Since 2007, the Vilcanota Project has succeeded in planting over 500,000 trees in the Cuzco area of Peru.

Discover Adventure has supported this project to re-plant trees in the Polylepis forests of the Vilcanota mountain range in Peru since 2010. The project is a collaborative effort involving 21 rural communities in the Lares watershed, near Cuzco, Peru. It was pioneered by Paul Cripps of Amazonas Explorer together with NGO ECOAN and organisation One Percent for the Planet, and it is a project we have passionately supported for many years through our own donations and that of many of our challengers.

These forests are home to a wide biodiversity of endemic species including the Royal Cinclodes, a critically endangered bird as well as the endangered White Browed Tit-Spinetail and Ash Breasted Tit-Tyrant. Aswell as carefully preserving the home of these birds, the forests are also critical to providing erosion control, provide essential microhabitats for a plethora of species and help to balance the oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

 

Gold at the British Travel Awards

Written by  Steph 24 November 2016

In 2015 we were very pleased to take home Silver, but this year, we fully embraced our 'Know No Limits' spirit to go for Gold! And thanks to all our customers and clients who voted we were both proud and humbled to walk away as winners of Best Small Escorted Adventure Travel Company at the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards.

Jonathan Bryan, our Founder and Managing Director said of the award, ' Wow - what an endorsement. The British Travel Awards are fantastic in recognising companies across the travel British Travel Award Goldindustry and are one that I am pleased Discover Adventure is a part of. I am exceptionally proud of our team - both in the office and our wider team of crew and medics who work with us across the globe to deliver the trips of a lifetime for our customers. The fact we have won this award based on votes from our clients alone means a great deal to us and will continue to motivate us to provide the best adventure challenge experiences to all customers for many years to come. Thank you to everyone who has supported Discover Adventure!"

Together, we're re-building Nepal

Written by  Steph 08 April 2016

YOUR SUPPORT

Together, we have donated over £4,500 to our friends in Nepal. Following the devastating earthquakes that struck last April, Discover Adventure made a pledge to donate £150.00 for every booking made on one of our challenges based in Nepal.

Your desire to help and motivation to take on a challenge has helped to raise much needed funds that will now contribute to the purchase of raw materials required to rebuild homes in some of the affected districts.

Our donation will help to fund the raw materials for the rebuild of Nuwakot Bazaar. Nuwakot is set between the sub tropical lowlands and the upper regions of the Himalayas and was severly affected by the earthquake. More than 3000 homes were rendered un-inhabitable following the quake and as a result a huge rebuild effort has begun, spearheaded by Niraj Shrestha.

#WEDIDIT

Written by  Steph 24 December 2015

This year we wanted to celebrate all that you had achieved and in the run up to Christmas we have been sharing your ‘WE DID IT!’ moments from the last 12 months.

Whether they made you laugh, cry, whether it was the place you were in, the people you were with, it has been great sharing them all with you.

"The biggest failure in life is the failure to try”

How do you spend an hour of your spare time? Shopping, surfing the web and buried in Facebook? Walking the dog, meeting up with friends, doing the ironing or chilling in front of the TV? So many ways so spend an hour. So, how about donating an hour of your time?

I heard about the charity ‘Inspiring the Future’ on the BBC Breakfast news; I can’t remember exactly when but it peaked an interest in me about showing the next generation that there are options out there which are slightly different to the norm. The news piece was about promoting the initiative to a wider audience and about trying to recruit more women to sign up and take part.

We all live busy lives, trying to fill every minute with one thing or another. I too live a busy life, by choice, but not so busy that I can’t give up an hour of my time and go and chat with teenagers about what is out there for them. All the initiative asks for is one hour a year.

I registered on the website – www.inspiringthefuture.org – not expecting to be overwhelmed by requests to talk and no, I didn’t hear anything straight away. However, I was eventually invited to a school to talk as part of their careers day. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the day so I had to decline. That’s the beauty of this initiative, you are not obliged to say yes and as a volunteer, it must fit in with your schedule.

This summer I was contacted by All Saints School in Weymouth. They wanted someone to speak to their Year 11s, on their first day of their final year at school (pressure!) and to kick start the day with something a little different. Unfortunately I was away on a trip when Miss Hegarty’s request initially came through but we kept in contact. Then, towards the end of August, she contacted me again to say that her speaker had dropped and would I be able to step in – ‘Yes!’ I said.

Julio Ludago: Kilimanjaro World Record attempt

Written by  Steph 24 September 2015

You could say that you’re either one of two people in life; one who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro or one who has it firmly on their bucket list.

For those of you who have climbed this iconic Mountain with DA (or indeed have it booked in the diary for the coming months!) you will know how important the crew are to keeping you motivated, and our local crew are especially important in supplying boundless enthusiasm, motivation and songs to keep you going during those tough moments.

The climb to Uhuru Peak (5896m) will usually take you between 5 and 7 days and its no mean feat!

So, how about making it up AND back in under 7 hours? Impossible you say?

Not for Professional Mountaineer Julio Ludago.

Julio is one of our Ground Crew based in Tanzania with Ahsante Tours, who has worked with us for many years, supporting and encouraging many of you to Kilimanjaro’s summit.

He is now taking on his own personal challenge, by attempting a new World Record for the fastest ascent and descent of Africa’s highest mountain. The existing World Record is held by Swiss-Ecuadorian Mountaineer Karl Egloff who complete the challenge in a mere 6 hours and 42 minutes in August 2014.

This is the time Julio is preparing to beat.

Motivated by the desire to keep the record for the climb to the roof of Africa in Tanzania and by the mentality of ‘why not me?’ Julio will embark on this immense challenge on 27th September 2015 and we will be supporting him all the way – we hope you will too!

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