Thursday, 2 July 2009

Great Wall of China - June 07-15, 2002. Why we decided to raise funds for Whizz-Kidz, the charity for non mobile children

In 2001 to 2002, I had the honour of being elected by the members as the 51st Chairman of Bury St Edmunds Round Table. More details about Bury St Edmunds Round Table can be found at www.buryroundtable.co.uk.

Above: Beccy and I back in 2002 prior to our trek on The Great Wall of China.

Early in my year as Chairman, I received a flyer from the charity "Whizz-Kidz", a charity that is all about giving disabled children the chance to lead a more independent life. Their service meets the children's individual mobility needs and ensures they get the right mobility equipment, advice and training at the right time. The leaflet was asking for members of Round Table from all over the country, to raise £2,500 each of which about £1,500 would go to Whizz-Kidz to provide electric wheelchairs for disabled children, by trekking on The Great Wall of China. After taking the leaflet to a Bury Round Table business meeting, we decided that the charity was well worth while raising funds for, it fitted in with the aims and objects of Round Table and so it was decided that my wife Beccy and I would try to raise the £5,000 required to go on the trek.

Having, spent many months training and fundraising, we raised the funds and eventually on Friday June 7th 2002, Beccy and I set off for Heathrow Airport by train from Bury St Edmunds, to meet up with all the other members of the trip, from Round Tables across the United Kingdom.

There will follow on this blog site a day by day account from both mine and Beccy's diaries of the 8 days spent in China, which really was a trip of a life time.
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