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29 August 2013

Springboard Charity launches plan for fund-raising Nepal trek

The Springboard industry charity, which helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people find work in hospitality, leisure and tourism, is organising a Nepal Trek that will take place in March 2014. Debra Adams, Head of Professional Development at arena4finance will be taking part in the trek and hoping to raise a significant sum for this very worthwhile charity.

The trek offers a chance for participants to raise funds for the charity to support its work running programmes that help secure sustainable employment in the industry as well as share their hospitality skills with Nepali young people.

The trip will involve trekking and camping in the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal as well as volunteering in a local village school. Trekkers will get the chance to meet young Nepalis interested in hospitality careers and talk to them about their experiences of life, work, culture, hospitality skills and training, and taking the lead delivering workshops for youths in and around Kathmandu.

Anne Pierce, chief executive of Springboard UK, says “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something proactive and meaningful and make a lasting difference to the lives of people less fortunate than yourself – both in the UK and in Nepal.

“I’ve seen a number of this type of event, but never one that challenges the participants in such a way and delivers the opportunity to work with Nepali youths – we’ll truly be helping to share the message around the globe that the UK hospitality industry is amongst the very best in the world.”

Laureen Walsh, who is heading the project at Springboard, adds “It’s our hope that as well as raising vital funds for Springboard projects back in the UK, participants will share their talents with locals in exchange for a life-affirming experience.

“The two goals for this exciting event are to raise vital funds to assist our projects in the UK as well as delivering a legacy training programme to benefit young people and the local tourism industry in Nepal.’’

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