18th May 2000

 

STUDENT TO LEAVE CIVILISATION BEHIND

 

The lost cities of the Incas will be explored by University of Lincolnshire & Humberside student Billy Kirby when he treks through Peru to raise money for the charity Scope in September.

 

Billy, from Sutton in Surrey, saw an advert in the Big Issue magazine looking for people to participate in a 100km hike across the High Andes in Peru, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in South America.

 

The Journalism student will need to raise £2,000 for the 10-day adventure which begins at Lima and will take him on the Inca trail which passes through the impressive Urubamba Valley and ends near the ruins of Winay Wayna, an important spiritual site.

 

Scope, a charity for people with cerebal palsy, runs the Peru Hike Away as a novel way of raising money by offering an experience of a lifetime in exchange for much-need cash.

 

“I’ve always been very interested in archaeology and the Andes has to be one of the most fascinating areas for this,” said Billy, who’s 19.

 

“When I saw the advert in the Big Issue I thought it would be a great way of helping the charity while taking the opportunity to visit these sites at the same time.”

 

Billy has until July to raise the money and has already pledged £200 of his own cash towards the trip.

 

“I’ve written to several local companies asking for sponsorship, but I’m hoping to get individual pledges too. Scope gives vital support to such a lot of people, helping thousands of families,” he added.

 

To make a donation to Billy’s fundraising drive, ring him on 0780 3330350.

 

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Sam Hendley, Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042.