Charity aims for new heights

DUBAI - Gulf For Good, the Dubai-based charity under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and chairman of the Emirates, on Wednesday announced their latest charity walk which aims to reach new summits in the High Atlas Mountain range of Morocco, by trekking from the ancient city of Marrakech to top of North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal.

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Published: Thu 1 Apr 2004, 12:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:53 PM

"We are really excited about this adventure, an interesting and fairly strenuous challenge to reach the top summit of Jebel Toubkal at 4,167 m. As we only spend one night above 3,000 metres, acclimatisation shouldn't be a problem, but it will as always demand a reasonable level of fitness and determination.

With their rugged trails, varied and picturesque scenery, lofty passes, and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Berber people, Morocco's Atlas Mountains offer a very different challenge," explained Paul Oliver, Gulf for Good's Charity Director. All funds raised by the participants will benefit children's charities in Morocco, he added.

Challenge Director Brian Wilkie said he would be visiting the region during April, including visits to the two charities identified for support by the Board of Trustees, BAYTI and SOS Village D'Enfants.

"It's a new region for Gulf for Good after our previous challenges in East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. With Morocco being an Arabic country, and with its close ties to the Gulf, there's already been a lot of interest from potential participants.

The fact that it takes place during the holiday period, and that we can only take a maximum of 25 people, means that it is quite likely to be over-subscribed, so those interested better book quickly."

This challenge will take place from July 7 to 16 with places limited to a maximum of 25 self-sponsored participants.

Gulf For Good's latest adventure follows seven highly successful challenges held over the last three years in India, Tanzania, Nepal, Thailand, the UAE and Jordan, and will follow their current challenges.

'The Wonders Of Egypt' is taking place next week, and 'Walk the Wild Wall' in China in May.

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