Friday, April 22, 2005

HILLWALKERS around the country are being asked to take part in one of the country’s biggest challenges to help raise £1 million for WaterAid.
The 2005 WaterAid Munro Challenge aims to raise cash this summer by roping in teams to climb every mountain over 3000 feet in the UK and Ireland.
Everyone witnessed the devastating effects of the Boxing Day earthquake and the resulting tsunami which wiped out tens of thousands of people in parts of Asia. In the months following the quake, one of the biggest problems has been the provision of clean and safe drinking water for the survivors.
WaterAid is working all year round to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education projects for some of the world’s poorest people in Asia and Africa. Across the world a child dies every 15 seconds from a water-related illness.
WaterAid wants to stop this where it can.
This year’s Munro Challenge could see the total raised from the event since 1995 top £1 million. Teams of between four and six people are needed on the summits of all the Munros in Scotland and the 3000ft peaks in England, Ireland and Wales.
The event, backed by the UK water industry, takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2005 when teams need to be at the top of their chosen peak between 12 noon and 2pm.
Whether you can rally a team of friends, or colleagues from work, YOUR help is needed to reach the target. Companies and groups can also sponsor a mountain for as little as £250.
All you have to do is get a team together, with a minimum sponsorship of £50 per person and then register your team by going to the Munro Challenge website www.wateraidmunrochallenge.org.uk or calling our hotline on 0141 355 5730.
Even if you do not wish to climb, you can help get involved in another way. WaterAid is also looking for people to help as a Glen Manager on the day of the challenge and in many areas teams round off their day at one of the many social events or ceilidhs which are organised to celebrate the achievement.
To register your team visit www.wateraidmunrochallenge.org.uk or contact the WaterAid office on 0141 355 5730

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