Across the Divide statement on Swine Flu

Participant safety is paramount to Across the Divide and we are continuing to monitor the situation with regards to swine flu and its potential impact on our overseas events. At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising against travel to any of the countries in which we operate however, should this advice change we will ensure that both charities and participants are kept informed, and will work with you to make suitable alternative arrangements.Please note that some airlines (most notably British Airways and Virgin Atlantic) will prevent passengers from boarding the plane if they are suspected of carrying the swine flu virus, and that medical screening facilities have been introduced at some international airports. Across the Divide strongly recommends that anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms prior to departure contacts the National Pandemic Flu Service (please refer to the website ) for advice.

Please refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for further information regarding swine flu overseas and do not hesitate to contact us on 01460 30456 should you have any further concerns.

Additional seats on our China Challenge in April 2010

Due to huge demand we have managed to secure some more seats on our Great Wall of China Challenge in April 2010.

Our China trek offers a truly unique experience. Not only is it a chance to visit one of the world’s most impressive historical sites but also, as a result of our local contacts, it offers a rare opportunity to trek and camp in a remote part of rural China and to experience local life in its most unspoilt state. In order to maximise the opportunities for interaction and learning about the local history and culture, a team of local translators support all our treks in China.  Join us now on this amazing charity challenge.

‘Just’ Charity Challenges for 2009/ 2010

JUST EVENTS

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Here are just a selection of some of the Just Charity Challenges we are running in 2009/2010

Just Bike is rapidly approaching, now just over 3 months away! We have over 20 charities actively promoting this event and lots more signing up.  Remember you can cycle for the charity of your choice and choose either the 50km or 100km route.  Find out more at Just Bike.

Just Walk 2010’s date has been set, 15 May 2010 and is promising to be our biggest one yet.  We are expecting over 1000 walkers so get yourself signed up on either the 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km route,  choose your charity – then away we go, it’s that easy, book your place now.

UK Three Peaks Challenge 21-23 August 2009.  An iconic British Challenge, as participants scale the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland.  In total you will climb over 11,000ft of mountain within the target time of 36 hours – a lifetime experience and one to be immensely proud of.

Vietnam Trek 27 February – 8 March 2010.  A stunning trek in the remote region of Sapa.  Beautiful scenery and the chance to experience the culture of the local tribes makes this a fantastic challenge for any fundraiser. 

Pike Peak 19 – 29 November 2010.  This is a challenging trek through the most beautiful and remote parts of the Himalayas.  Our route is off the beaten track and allows access to hidden monasteries.  A wonderful sense of achievement as you reach the summit of Pike Peak.

For more details on the Just Events click here overseas or UK

Malawi site visit carried out by Across the Divide

Across the Divide managing director Mark Hannaford has just recently returned from carrying out a site visit to the east African country of Malawi

Malawi laughterMalawi in one of the poorest nations in the world but inhabited seemingly by some of the world friendliest – their catch phrase is that they are the ‘sunny heart of Africa’ and my experiences seem to bear this out.   The scenery also exceeded my expectations with a great deal more variation than I expected from high but accessible mountains to verdant tea plantations as well as numerous small traditional African villages easily matching most people’s expectations of the ‘real’ Africa.   It is also a highly traditional country with a well established network of missions dating back to Livingstone’s age of exploration engaged in a wide range of community initiatives along with a number of enlightened tourism operators who have also established a wide network of charitable or CSR projects – one of Across the Divide’s area of growth.

There are a number of excellent trekking areas in both the south on Mount Mulange and to the north of the country near the Ntchisi  Forest Reserve which has the additional benefit of being only two hour’s drive from Lilongwe and which will, with further investigation, yield some excellent and worthwhile projects.   A wide range of water sports are available on Lake Malawi including multi day kayaking trips.  

Will we be including Malawi in out list of destinations – yes you bet we are.

Many thanks for to the Malawi Tourism Marketing Consortium for helping making the  in-country arrangements.

Work for us…Challenge Events Coordinator

We have a new exciting job opportunity come up within our UK Events Team, for a challenge events coordinator.

The role is to assist the UK Events Director to plan and manage your own portfolio of UK based challenge events. You will be working within a team covering all details regards the creation, planning and delivery of a wide selection of charitable and corporate challenge events. 

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2009 Just Walk a huge success | limited time only 10% off all registration fees

Saturday saw the third successful Just Walk  take place in the South Downs, West Sussex.  The one-day walking challenge saw over 700 people walking 10, 20, 40 or 60 kilometres fundraise for a charity of choice.

The event was opened by Olympic medal winner and keen athlete, Acer Nethercott.  Acer said, “Just Walk is a wonderful event. It’s fabulous to see so many people out in the open air, raising funds for their chosen charity. I hope to take part myself next year!”

Across the Divide began Just Walk as a result of continued requests from charities wanting to get involved in fundraising walks, but unable to invest time and money into their own events. To date, Just Walk has raised over £1 million for over 200 charities.

Gemma Phillips, UK Events Co-ordinator at Across the Divide says, “The event was a great success. It was our biggest year yet with a fantastic turn out on a beautiful day. The walk was tough in places but we had some very happy walkers crossing the finish line. Here’s to Just Walk 2010.”

 The next Just Walk event will be taking place on 15 May 2010 and for a limited time only we are offering 10% off all registrations fees – so join us now.

Just Walk this weekend our biggest year yet…

Just Walk takes place on Saturday – it’s our third and biggest year yet with over 800 walkers signed up, which is more than years one and two put together.

You can raise funds for the charity of your choice on this fundraising walk and to date we have had over 300 charities involved raising over £700,000 for worthy causes.

Watch this space Just Walk 2010 launched on Monday 11th May.