Three intrepid PAWA supporters will be trekking the Great Wall of China in September to raise funds for girls’ education in Asia. They are not your typical adventure hiker types so this 7 day hike will be pushing their limits as they cover up to 16k a day over challenging terrain – all for a good cause. PAWA Magazine editor Yang-May Ooi tells us more.

Clare Muhiudeen, Rahiyah Yahya and Zehan Albakri are all long time supporters of PAWA (Pan Asian Women’s Association) but they are not long time adventure hikers. Nonetheless, they have taken up the challenge of trekking continuously over a week to cover a portion of the Great Wall of China because they believe in girls’ education. The PAWA Great Wall Trek will raise funds for PAWA’s charities, which consist of 19 grassroots education projects in 11 Asian Countries that reach 7,000 girls.

Zehan Albakri training for the PAWA Great Wall of China Trek

Zehan Albakri training for the PAWA Great Wall of China Trek

Over the next few days, PAWA Magazine will be introducing you to each of our Great Wall Trekkers. I hope you will pop back to “meet” them and cheer them on as they get underway for this unusual adventure – all in a good cause. I am also hoping that we will be able to publish updates in more or less real time during their 7 day trek – if our Trekkers can access the internet and have enough energy left after a day’s hard hike, they will be sending me dispatches from the Great Wall so we can follow their progress.

Clare Muhiudeen

Clare Muhiudeen

Clare Muhiudeen kicks off this terrific fundraising event by telling us something about what the PAWA Great Wall Trek will involve for her and her team mates:

As the wall follows the spine of the mountain, this means walking a route that includes thousands of steps up and down. Built to hamper the advances of enemy armies these steps are of different heights and sizes. Some sections of the wall have been recently restored with flagstones whilst others are less restored and uneven; we will also trek along overgrown woodland paths. Some days we will trek alongside very old sections of the wall and there are sections that are exposed and quite narrow with no wall ramparts to the side – I will have walking poles to aid me!

We start off from Huangyaguan and walk through remote areas north of Beijing. We will be walking to Heavens Ladder( 300 steps ), onto the Three Borders Tablet where Heibei Province, Tianjin City and Beijing all meet, then on to the Gubeikou section of the Wall (an area of 67 Watch Towers) finally finishing off at Mutianyu. It is estimated that we will walk between 5 and 16k each day which, with the terrain, I am assuming will be quite a challenge…at least for me!”

It sounds like it’s no walk in the park, that’s for sure. We would love it if you could cheer on Clare, Rahiyah and Zehan by leaving a comment below.

Rahiyah Yahya

Rahiyah Yahya

Better yet, please help educate girls across Asia by donating to the PAWA 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

Any amount, big or small, will go a long way (pun intended!)

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Coming up in a few days, we will be hearing from one of our Great Wall Trekkers in a full feature article: Meet Clare Muhiudeen – Giving via a Goal

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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 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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Photos:

Team photos from their personal albums

Great Wall of China – from flickr.com (CCL) thanks to matt512

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PAWA Magazine, is the onlline magazine of PAWA, the Pan Asian Women’s Association. The magazine shares news and stories of PAWA People and Projects supporting girls’ education across Asia.

Yang-May Ooi, editor of PAWA Magazine, is a bestselling author, award winning TEDx speaker and creative actionista. She is also PAWA Champion, raising funds for PAWA with a charity performance of  her solo theatre piece Bound Feet Blues.  www.TigerSpirit.co.uk

 

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