BENEFITING: FACE-TO-FACE PROJECT INC
EVENT DATE: May 30, 2015
50 HOURS OF HIKING - NO STOPPING, NO SLEEPING.
On the 30th of May, 2015, I will take the first step of an epic hike that has me traversing four of the foothills near the eastern border of Bavaria in Germany. These four are the "Lusen, Rachel, Falkenstein and Arber", and when I reach the highest of these four (the Arber - 4775 ft.), I will go back the same way to where I started. The hike will cover a total of 141 km of trail (88 miles) and a total altitude difference of about 5500 metres (18,000 ft.). I will walk solo and non-stop until finished. My hiking guide estimates this will take a total hiking time of about 50 hours...within six days that is...However, I will do this is in ONE VERY LONG "DAY" - no sleep till completion, 50 hours or more, as long as it takes.
I'm a committed father and husband currently pursuing growth through challenges. Quite recently, it dawned on me that challenges are nothing to shy away from, but something to actively seek out, to pursue and to overcome. Such challenges can be grueling non-stop hiking tours like this one, or anything else really - whatever feels challenging, be it smiling at that coworker you really dislike or at all the grumpy faces you encounter on a given day (that makes for a lot of smiling!). As challenging as a 50-hour non-stop hike will be for me, it is a vastly bigger challenge to integrate a sustainable lifestyle into Malawi's villages. That is the real beast, and the people for whom I am doing this fundraiser are committed to taking on that challenge.
That's where you come in: by an act as simple as donating a few dollars to this project, you will become a part of both challenges. Your donation will push me forward during my second night on the trail and will make a real difference to real people in Malawi. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for considering donating in support of me and of these communities.
The event is in partnership with The Face-to-Face Project (F2F), a non-profit organization that is working to offer a holistic, culturally sensitive approach to nurturing fundamental, long-lasting improvements in the poorest rural communities.
F2F works in Malawi, ranked by the World Bank as the world's poorest nation - 62% of the population live below the poverty line. Most Malawians rely on subsistence farming to survive - yet their main crop, maize, is non-native and frequently fails due to drought and flooding. As a result, Malawians can't produce enough food to feed themselves or their families, leading to an overdependence on foreign aid.
F2F helps these communities find long-term, sustainable solutions to the issues they face - through leadership seminars, permaculture trainings, HIV/AIDS awareness education and youth engagement, communities become empowered and self-reliant.
Want to help?
Please consider making a donation to support the event. Any amount you can give will make a huge impact on the program and the communities that benefit from it. To learn more, visit the F2F website.