PAWA Trekker, Clare Muhiudeen sends the first despatch from the Great Wall of China. She and her team mates, Zehan Albakri and Rahiyah Yahya, have now got the first day of their long seven day trek under their belts. So what was that first day like?

L-R: Zehan Albakri, Rahiyah Yahya, Clare Muhiudeen about to tackle the steps behind them - PAWA Great Wall of China Trek

L-R: Zehan Albakri, Rahiyah Yahya, Clare Muhiudeen about to tackle the steps behind them – PAWA Great Wall of China Trek

Clare writes:

Highlights

The highlight of Day One was finally getting started on this adventure. Today we did 13,485 steps – and climbed the equivalent of 36 floors in an office building. Our total distance was 9.83 kilometres.

Our hotel is an impressive historic barracks which was amazing – but the downside was that the huge compound and many flights of stairs meant we had a lot of extra walking to do.

Low points

Being far from home, we missed our usual chilli sauce to get through meals – that’s PAWA people for you, always having half our minds on food!

The challenge that took us by surprise was when we arrived at the hotel before setting off on our trek and had to haul our luggage up the hotel’s steep steps – it was harder work than we expected. And then after we had hiked almost 10 kilometers and climbed all those thousands of steps, when we got back to the hotel, feeling relieved and uplifted for having achieved the first day’s hard trekking, our poor legs had to walk up more steps to get us back to the hotel!

Check out our photos in the slideshow below


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Keeping going

But we are keeping going – with lots of laughter and everyone supporting each other!

Support girls’ education across Asia by sponsoring our Great Wall Trekkers

You can help our Trekkers keep going by donating to their efforts – it’s all in a good cause: to support girls’ education across Asia. Go to one of their fundraising pages below:

Keep on trekking, Clare: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clareMuhiudeen

Go, Zehan, Go:  www.doitforcharity.com/ZEHAN

You can do it, Rahiya: http://uk.virginmoney.com/Rahiyah

Clare Muhiudeen on the Great Wall of China Trek, Day One

Clare Muhiudeen on the Great Wall of China Trek, Day One

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Photos: thanks to Zehan Albakri and Clare Muhiudeen

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Clare Muhiudeen is Head of Human Capital and Benefits, International at Willis Towers Watson, Hong Kong. She is a PAWA Founding Charter Member and a PAWA Champion.

PAWA is focused on a single purpose: To support teenage girls education in Asia. In 2016, we supported 2,367 girls in 8 projects across 7 countries. Educate a Girl, Change a Life. Support Clare and PAWA’s work by donating to PAWA’s Great Wall Trek via one of the links below:

Keep on trekking, Clare: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clareMuhiudeen

Go, Zehan, Go:  www.doitforcharity.com/ZEHAN

You can do it, Rahiya: http://uk.virginmoney.com/Rahiyah

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Day One: Climbing the equivalent of 36 floors ¦ Despatches from the PAWA Great Wall of China Trek
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