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Marije Zwager

Marije and Wes Everest Base Camp trek 9-27 Nov 2019

We are hiking to Everest Base Camp for RSPCA (England and Wales) because .... we'd be mad not to, why else?!!

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  • Event: RSPCA Everest Base Camp Trek, 27 Sep 2019 to 14 Oct 2019

RSPCA Everest Base Camp Trek

RSPCA take on Everest Base Camp Trek to raise vital funds to help stop animal cruelty and spread the message about creating a kinder world for all animals.

Charity Registration No. 219099


Do you want the bad news....šŸ™Ā 

Or the good news?šŸ˜€

In JuneĀ we wereĀ informed that our bespoke RSPCA trek had been cancelled due to a lack of participants, o no!!!! Sooooooo disappointed!!!!

But me and Wes won't give up on this adventure that easily and have managed to secure two places on the open Everest Base Camp trek departing November 9th this year!

We are self-funding this challenge and any previous or future donations will of course still go to the RSPCA, thank you everyone for your generous support šŸ‘

When, inĀ February 2013, I reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of RSPCA Inspectors, I just burst into tears and realised that what had started as a physical challenge to conquer the cold and the altitude in aid of the RSPCA had turned into an emotional journey running away from the grief of the sudden loss of my only sister.

In 2012 I dedicatedĀ nearly all my free time to training and fundraising and my Ā£4000 target was in sight when, like a bolt out of the blue, my parents had to deliver me the devastating news that my sister had taken her own life.

The bottom dropped out of my world and I could not understand that the the sun would just come up as normal the next morning, and the world would keep on turning, like it made no difference whether she was alive or not.

"Grief is like climbing a very large mountain", a counsellorĀ wouldĀ later tell me, "which you can only do slowly and one small step at a time".

Ā The metaphor could not have been more fitting.Ā 

Together with my partner Wes whom I met while backpacking as a Dutch teenagerĀ in Australia,Ā I kept on walking,Ā  running, dancing, swimming and going to many gym classesĀ and daily exercise has been my major coping strategy ever since.

6 years on I am ready to take on the next big challenge and this time Wes is sharing this adventure of a life time with me.Ā We are proud as punch to be part of an amazing team of people trekking upĀ to the roof of the world, living life without regrets!

Having worked as an RSPCA Inspector for the past 15Ā yearsĀ I know first hand what a real differenceĀ the RSPCA makes to the life of animals daily, and this is only possible with your support and donations.Ā 

We are self-funding this challenge, so every penny you donate goes to the RSPCA. Thank you!

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