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When Dreams and reality Collide Part 2 – Making Plans for Machu Picchu – Laurie Sodomlak prepares for her Journey of a lifetime to Peru next year!

Making Plans for Machu Picchu – Laurie Sodomlak prepares for her Journey of a lifetime to Peru next year

My commitment to this project was there, in the public, on a website.  Again, I took a little pause.  I was going to Machu Picchu!!!  I began to focus on the plans. I started a file folder, printed the material and information from the Charity Challenge website and took out some books from the library on Peru, trying to decide on which travel book for Peru I wanted to purchase.  I picked up this book at the library, Cradle of Gold: The story of Hiram Bingham – a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney.  I am not a history type person, but this description of the first visitors to this area was fascinating.  I have my name on hold for a few other books, just waiting for them to arrive at my local library.  I like to have some knowledge of a place before I go, so the names of places/sites etc. are familiar but the actual sites/sounds/tastes are all the new experiences.

One of my friends, Marilyn, who has done this trek offered to share her photos.  This is another great way for me to see what I might see….but knowing that I will see it from my own view!  I left her house full of more excitement and her backpack/suitcase, her used Frommer’s Peru (with missing pages she used on her trip) and a plan to meet again prior to me actually getting on the plane.

It was time to share my commitment to this project with my friends and family. About 100 emails left my computer and 45 letters in the mail. Let the fundraising begin!

If you would like to donate to my cause, then you can visit my fundraising page here. To find out more about the amazing charity i am fundraising for, you can visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation here.

If you’ve been inspired by to take on your own challenge of a lifetime whilst raising money for the charity of your choice, you can visit the charity challenge website at www.charitychallenge.ca where you can find lots of amazing challenges, including the Mt Kilimanjaro summit climb challenge, the Great Wall Discovery challenge and of course the Trek to Machu Picchu Charity Challenge based in Peru!

‘Dreams and reality collide!’ Laurie Sodomlak prepares to trek to Machu Picchu

I am one of those people who plan.  I plan holidays, craft projects, family functions, what to do on the weekend, what book to read next, etc.  I have been thinking about what big trip I was going to do the first year I retired.  I wanted it to be memorable…and after some thought I decided it would be Peru and a trek to Machu Picchu.  Then in May of this year, an email arrives in my inbox.  The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was promoting a new venture…. a Charity Challenge program with destination Machu Picchu!  So….was someone reading my mind???

The timing was a bit off since I won’t be retired by May 2013, but all of the other pieces seem to fit.  I have volunteered, worked for and fundraised for the Foundation for many years, all through the Run for the Cure. This new fundraising challenge seemed to catch me on many different levels.

  • I want to go to Peru,
  • I could set a higher goal than I ever have before,
  • I have been spending the last year talking to many survivors about their stories and reasons for fundraising,
  • I liked the fundraising and fitness challenge aspects of this project,
  • I could take all the best practices from the fundraisers I have spoken to and use these great ideas to reach my fundraising goal.
  • And I love to be focused on a project and I love planning!

So that being said and after questioning Bryna Dilman from the Foundation I committed to being part of this amazing project.  I committed to the option of raising $4000!  I will be going to Peru in May 2013 and making the trek to the Inca Ruins at Machu Picchu!

A few weeks passed as I let the idea of this challenge settle in my mind. Then I began my planning. I needed to write something for the website….a story….words that would want to make people make a donation.  I thought about the cousin I lost to breast cancer many years ago, I thought about my first Run for the Cure and how emotional it was; I thought about the many survivors who shared their stories with me and how so many of them said, ‘You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”  After many attempts, I took those thoughts and wrote my message for my fundraising page.  No sooner was my message posted three donations came in, all from CBCF colleagues who were supporting this adventure.  I was totally in awe of that support!  I hope they know how much I appreciated that instant support.

If you would like to donate to my cause, then you can visit my fundraising page here. To find out more about the amazing charity i am fundraising for, you can visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation here.

If you’ve been inspired by to take on your own challenge of a lifetime whilst raising money for the charity of your choice, you can visit the charity challenge website at www.charitychallenge.ca where you can find lots of amazing challenges, including the Mt Kilimanjaro summit climb challenge, the Great Wall Discovery challenge – which takes place on China’s Great Wall! and of course the Trek to Machu Picchu Charity Challenge based in Peru!

 

The Over the Hill Club – exclusive challenges for the over 50’s!

Charity Challenge is proud to launch ‘The Over The Hill Club’, a collection of challenges set up exclusively for participants who are fifty years or over. This concept is the brain child of Charity Challenge Founder and Director Jeremy Gane, who has been a driving force behind the business over the last 12 years. He also runs African safari specialist tour operator Gane and Marshall.

So in Jeremy’s words, this is how the Over the Hill Club came into being…

“I’m sixty five years old in May next year on Oak Apple Day – and that does not console me. The pension will – a little – I guess.

It has been a decade or so in the gestation this crisis of age. I have battled against it intermittently and intemperately.

What has most cheered and enlightened me are the wonderful wild places, almost eternal when measured against our lives’ span. I’ve found solace in their quiet trails, remote valleys, uninhabited deserts, and snow capped mountains with only the footsteps of my guide and myself in the pristine snow.

So yes, it is spiritual, this journey to mountain tops, across deserts and beautiful valleys. But it is also exciting hard work in the project planning, raising of funds, and training and training that gets one there.

My expeditions and adventures (and they are many) really took off when I approached my mid forties – so they extend back over the last two decades. I started late and I mean to be late stopping!

These years of the Third Quarter are perhaps our hardest and also our greatest years if we can be inspired not by fear of, but in respect for our age.

So I have put my money where my mouth is and founded the Over The Hill Travel Club for fifty plus adventurers.

Imagine that in a few years from now you will have taken part in some of the best of the world’s adventure challenges. You’ll be fit and lean, worldly-wise, and delightfully contented, with a bunch of new friends and contacts. You can do them all – these treks, climbs, bike rides and kayak journeys!

There are great mountain treks such Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, there are mountain climbs for moderates such as wonderful Trek to Machu Picchu. And there are also bike rides across Cuba, and you can pedal from Saigon to the temple complex at Angkor Wat.”

You can see our whole range of Over the Hill Changes here. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at www.charitychallenge.com

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