19th July 2002

 

INTO THE WILDERNESS

 

An Animal Science student from the University of Lincoln will be joining a group of volunteers trekking on horseback across Canada next month.

 

Anja Clowes (22) from Nuneaton saw an article about the fundraising trip for Guide Dogs for the Blind in her local paper and applied.

 

“The trip looked really exciting and quite a challenge,” said Anja, “and it was a great way to raise funds for charity so I signed up.” 

 

Guide Dogs for the Blind is a non-profit, charitable organisation which provides guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. 

 

“We will fly to Canada, travel by coach to a ranch where we will meet our guide, saddle our sturdy mounts and set off with our packhorses,” said Anja.

 

The route will take the riders through a little-visited region of the Chilcotin Mountains, due north of Vancouver in British Columbia.  Snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and towering pines will help as the volunteers trek 90km through the territory of bears, wolves, beavers and marmots.

 

“The ride will be challenging and the amenities are basic as we will be in a very remote area.

 

“My aim is to raise £2500.  I have managed £1600 so far through family, friends and fundraising events but I also hope to get sponsorship from business.”

 

The trip will take place between 24th August and 3rd September. 

 

For further details on the trip please contact colin.hill@gdba.org.uk.

 

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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