The big news for Hazels Footprints is some wonderful fundraising ideas which are being planned, are works in progress and have been completed against all odds.
Starting with the last we have Ben, Pete and Steves epic journey in a VW Beetle in the Africa Rally in December from London to the Cameroons. Against all odds (and advice from the Foreign Office) they managed to be first over the finishing line and raise over £2,000 for HFT. You can read the whole intrepid mission on http://www.camervroom.posterous.com/ to realize what a truly magnificent achievement it was just to get Lennon (the Beetle, see) to the end by fair means or with Godly intervention. Well done boys and now with that and the Mongol Rally under your belts maybe you will settle for easier and safer fundraising ideas in the future.
We also had a runner in the Great North Run in September. Timur Tatlioglu ran for HFT and raised a very useful £400 for the cause. Thanks for that Timur!
Bea Good also took part in the Sony Ericsson Run to the Beat Londons Music Half Marathon in September with Matty and Mark and raised £850 for HFT. It sounds like a fun day out and a good alternative to those who cant get a place in the London Marathon (ps, and its half the distance!!). Well done guys.
The work in progress is George Matts epic cycle ride from London to Cape Town. He started from England in August 2009 and after crossing Europe he headed down Africa via Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Malawi. You can read his excellent blog on which is highly amusing and readable as he heads full steam on the last few 1,000kms to journeys end in South Africa. He really deserves a donation on http://www.justgiving.co.uk/Cycle-to-Cape-Town/
In the pipeline we have 2 runners in the London Marathon on 25th April. Ian Sutherland is running it under the official HFT entry and Jenny Craik (she of shoot me if I ever think of doing another Marathon) has also managed to get a place in the annual epic so keep your eyes open for them so you can cheer them on from the side of the road or (more likely) from the comfort of you TV set. Either way they deserve a pledge on their fund raising pages. Hope the training is going well!!!
And finally. we are off on a HFT expedition again to commemorate 5 years since we climbed Kilimanjaro with a 2 week trek in Nepal to raise £20,000 for a young Nepalese who has a dream of building a school and hostel for his home village away up in the remote valleys of the Mansula region. We have 14 committed trekkers at the moment, both young and old, but have room to for another one or two onto the expedition if you are interested. Just get in touch with us on 01896849677 for further details wed love to have you along!