11th September 2009 at 01:00

The great trek

More than 20 young people in care are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Nepal trek is being organised by Who Cares? Scotland, a charity providing advocacy and support for looked-after young people, as part of its 30th anniversary year programme aimed at challenging stigma and celebrating success. It will see the youngsters embark, in November, on an exciting 11-day trip. After flying from Scotland to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, the young Scots will set off on a circular 100 km trek, travelling through remote villages and some of the world's most dramatic scenery.

Expedition leader Grant Gilroy, a regional manager with the charity who has led treks in Nepal, said: "This is a major undertaking for Who Cares? Scotland. We are collaborating with Community Action Nepal and participating Scottish local authorities to raise much-needed money to improve the health and education of local people. While there, the young people will visit one of the projects benefiting from their fundraising efforts."

Each person will raise almost pound;2,000 to pay for the trip and a contribution to the work of Community Action Nepal.


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