TriMalawi Challenge: your 2016 adventure awaits

TriMalawi Challenge: your 2016 adventure awaits

Forget marathon training, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in the heart of Africa

When you look at your list of 2016 goal and aspirations, and wonder if it’s missing something. Or if running that marathon isn’t quite the adventure you were looking for, maybe it’s time to think bigger.

Of course, there’s an abundance of amazing challenges out there you can complete for charity or your own sense of accomplishment. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting up at 6am for interval training for 12 weeks, or learning yacht rigging to sail around the world; with the TriMalawi Challenge it’s a simple as riding a bike, paddling a kayak and hiking trails through as beautiful a country as there is in Africa, meeting amazing people along the way.

Malawi, known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, is one of the smallest countries in the continent, so small that Lake Malawi takes up about a third of the territory and separates it from Mozambique and Tanzania. It is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third largest and second deepest in Africa. Taking part in the TriMalawi Challenge will truly take you off the tourist trail and give you the opportunity to explore the stunning scenery by bicycle, kayak and foot.

Over the course of this multi-day adventure, you will:
• Trek up Mount Mulanje, considered by many the most majestic sight in Malawi and a mecca for climbers and hikers.
• Kayak on Lake Malawi from the shores of Cape Maclear to the deserted, tropical Mumbo Island.
• Cycle 100 miles through rural Malawian villages and meet the local communities.

The 2016 challenge is extra special as it coincides with the 175th anniversary of EMMS International, which was founded in 1841 as the Edinburgh Association for Sending Medical Aid to Foreign Countries to by a group of doctors before becoming EMMS International in 2002. Taking place from 20–30 Aug, all participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Vision and Thanksgiving service on 27 Aug in Blantyre.

Each participant must raise £3,100 to help fund the life-saving work of a local health care project at Mulanje Mission Hospital in southern Malawi, helping reduce burden of malaria and another reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to child by half. Sponsorship money includes flights, accommodation, bikes, food and transfers. And if you sign up by 7 Feb the registration fee is only £199 (£249 thereafter).

If that isn’t already enough to stop you thinking about it, EMMS International has teamed up with Lands and Lakes Safaris to offer two participants the change to win an all-exclusive, four-day safari trip in Malawi or Zambia following the challenge.

TriMalawi Challenge: your 2016 adventure awaits

The challenge is open to all, take for example 77-year old Evelyn Cook (pictured above) from Aberdeenshire, with 18 EMMS International Challenges under her belt, she completed her sixth Malawi event in 2015. ‘It was a fantastic experience, and wonderful to see the difference a team of people can make in a small part of Africa. I now realise you can do more than you think you can.’

Past participant Joanne Hagerty adds, ‘Malawi Cycle was an outstanding experience to visit and discover a developing country and contribute to the positive healthcare developments in Malawi whilst doing so. An incredible journey in every sense.’

TriMalawi Challenge is a rare opportunity to enjoy not only a life-changing adventure while making contributing to a positive healthcare project in a developing nation, but also getting to see the differences make to the community first hand. As another participant Joe Di Rollo says, it’ll give you ‘a fresh perspective on life.’

TriMalawi Challenge takes place 20–30 Aug 2016.

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