Hi, guys! Recently back from my latest amazing adventure, trekking the Sahara Desert on the Morocco-Algeria border, in aid of UNICEF.
As well as undertaking the trek itself – walking 25km a day under the hot desert sun – I was the official documenter of the journey for UNICEF, filming, photographing and blogging as the expedition unfolded. I was there with Big Earth producer Russ Malkin (Long Way Round, Long Way Down, By Any Means) who’s a long-time UNICEF Ambassador – I’m an Adventure Expert (Motoring) for his company and was also doing some filming with Russ for his new book project 101 Amazing Adventures (due out in April 2011).
I raised GBP 2,600 for UNICEF as a result of my efforts – thanks to all you lovely sponsors out there! – and got to see first-hand a couple of the projects the charity contributes to in Morocco – a school and a maternal waiting house. These visits left no doubt in my mind that UNICEF’s work around the world is vital in ensuring the safety and well-being of kids in all countries, and I’ll continue fundraising for the charity in time to come.
To read my blogs from the adventure, have a look at the UNICEF website here: http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/authentic_voices/archive/2010/11/07/trek-for-the-children-of-morocco-anticipating-adventure.aspx
And check out Flickr for a selection of my photos from the expedition: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unicefuk/sets/72157625342060388/
To see a short film about the trip, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxZD1g-72C4
And if you want to trek for UNICEF like I did, there are still places available on their Namibia trek in September: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Fundraise/Get-active/Trekking/Namibia-trek/