24th February 2000

 

PIONEERING TRIP UNDER THREAT

 

A pioneering expedition to Nepal, where Hull youngsters will help impoverished communities, is under threat unless a new sponsor can be found to fund the final £5,000 they need to get them there.

 

Kingston Communications have made a generous donation to the trip, planned for April, but voluntary youth workers Mike Burton, from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, and Pete Tighe are still £5,000 short of their target.

 

The group of 12 16 to19-year-olds, who are based at the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme headquarters in the Boulevard, west Hull, will be taking with them valuable medical supplies and teaching materials, in the first venture of its kind out of Hull.

 

Spending four weeks sleeping in tents, the youngsters will trek from village to village delivering much-needed supplies to hospitals and schools, beginning at Pangum where they have been asked by the community’s lama to restore a footpath from the village to the monastery.

 

The youngsters, who will gain their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, have raised almost £10,000 between them, and Mike and Pete are setting off on their own expedition to conquer three of the highest peaks in Britain to raise money.

 

“Kingston Communications have really helped us, but we’re still in need of another sponsor to come forward to get us to Nepal in April,” said Pete, a University of Lincolnshire & Humberside graduate who now works in the university’s international office.

 

“The benefits to the youngsters is tremendous,” added Mike, who is also looking for donations of old teaching materials and pencils to take on the trip. “It’s already raising their aspirations and will make a real impact on their personal development. It won’t be easy for them but it’s an experience they’re not likely to forget.”

 

Mike graduated from the ULH Tourism degree programme in 1998 and his sense of adventure has taken him around the world. He began working in the tourism department at Humberside County Council before heading off to Botswana to work as a marketing development manager for eight months.

With Raleigh International Mike went to Siberia to undertake scientific projects into water and farm usage and he has also spent time in America working at a children’s camp and then at a theme park.

 

For more details on donating money or materials ring Mike in 01482 463100 (day), or 01482 507963 (eves).

 

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Contact Press Officer Sam Hendley (01522) 886042 or Mike Burton direct.