Dubai, United Arab Emirates: UAE-based charity Gulf for Good has announced four amazing challenges for 2013, all of which will raise funds for children’s charities.
Vietnam/Cambodia, Palestine, Peru and India …. what do all of these countries have in common? Challenge, adventure, children and Gulf for Good! We are proud to be hosting adventure challenges in each of these countries during 2013 to give children a chance at a better life.
Gulf for Good will kick off its 2013 challenges in February with ‘The Great Asian Cycling Challenge’ in aid of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation which cares for underprivileged children in Vietnam. The challenge has proved extremely popular in the past, as it explores a fascinating 400km route from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in Vietnam to the ancient temples at Angkor Wat, following back roads through remote areas of the Mekong Delta, where few tourists have ever been. Sponsorship funds raised by participants will go a long way to support the children by building a kindergarten.
For many of us living in the region, the Gulf For Good charity will be familiar. In 11 years, UAE-based Gulf for Good has completed 38 challenges in over 20 countries with more than 800 adult challengers of all ages and fitness levels. Through taking part, they have raised over AED 7 million (more than US$ 2 million) to make a huge difference in the lives of tens of thousands of poor and disadvantaged children around the world.
Brian Wilkie, Gulf for Good’s Founder and Chairman, says he is delighted to be bringing back another of their old favourites, the ‘Alternative’ Inca Trail, scheduled for July 2013. “This is a challenge many people have on their list of personal goals and we are delighted to be going back for the 4th time to help educate children in the poorest rural communities nearby,” he said. “But we’re not just repeating past challenges in 2013, we also have two brand new challenges in new countries – the ‘Palestine Trail – in the footsteps of Ibrahim‘ in April and the ‘Great Himalayan Adventure’ in northern India in November. Both will be incredible adventures that will take people well off the beaten track.”
Omani, Mohammed Al Lawati recently participated in his first Gulf for Good adventure in July 2012 by climbing Kilimanjaro to help street kids in Tanzania. “My primary reason for climbing Kilimanjaro was precisely for the challenge – the challenge of raising money and promoting the cause and the challenge of reaching the roof of Africa.”
Once he reached Tanzania and met the kids of Amani Children’s Home, however, Mohammed says he “realized the severity of the situation and the great work Gulf For Good and it’s members are doing. Being in that moment with the kids, meeting the people who are literally dedicating their entire life to help those street kids and knowing that I played a role in making their life slightly better was the greatest reward.”
“Reaching the roof of Africa was an added bonus, it helped me prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to, and in the process meet really some amazing people”, he added.
Participation is open to those who are 18 years of age or older, who are required to pay a registration fee and then pay or raise a minimum amount of sponsorship. As with all Gulf for Good challenges, around one third of the sponsorship funds covers the trip expenses, with all the balance going directly to aid the chosen children’s charity.
Mr Wilkie adds, “So, decide for yourself that you’re going to go for it. You’re going to take the plunge, get out of your comfort zone. Go to www.gulf4good.org, check out the challenges and make the decision to do something worthwhile, both for yourself and to give kids a chance around the world.”
More details about Gulf for Good
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum and sponsored by Dubai Duty Free Foundation, Gulf for Good organizes exciting adventure challenges around the world. Anyone is welcome to participate, provided they can raise the fixed sponsorship amount, have the level of fitness needed and are 18+ years.
To date, 38 G4G challenges, with over 800 participants from 42 countries, including many Gulf nationals, have raised more than US 2 million dollars for schools, hospitals, orphanages, and medical equipment in 21 countries across the Middle East, South America, Asia and Africa.
Gulf for Good helps with sponsorship ideas, training and fitness suggestions, as well as clothing and equipment advice. On the challenge, it provides flights, accommodation, transfers, food, guides and medical backup.
2013 G4G charity adventure challenges summary:
The Great Asian Cycling Challenge – Vietnam/Cambodia – February 2013 – cycling from Saigon to Angkor Wat
The Palestine Trail – Palestine – April/May 2013 – hiking in the footsteps of Ibrahim
The ‘Alternative’ Inca Trail – Peru – July 2013 – trekking to Macchu Pichu
The Great Himalayan Adventure – India – November 2013 – Trekking, White Water Rafting and Mountain Biking