A FORFAR marketing student is set to take on the challenge of trekking through the Himalayas and up to the base camp at Mount Everest.
Robbie Smith (22) and a group of around 20 from his university are gearing up for the trek on Monday, July 1, in aid of ‘Childreach International’ which is a charity which works in direct partnership with community programmes in developing countries such as Nepal.
Robbie will also be climbing Everest with his friend Kerr Miller (25) from Kirriemuir.
Childreach International has programmes in establishments such as hospitals and schools in order to unlock a child’s potential. The charity starts from the bottom up, working in partnership with local communities in the developing world. They address children’s most immediate needs, improving access to education, improved health, and greater child rights and protection.
They currently operate in Tanzania, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh.
Childreach International works with the world’s unsung heroes – those working and living in developing countries who have been on the ground for years, at the heart of their communities, making a lasting difference to thousands of children every single day.
The charity is a UK registered grass roots charity that has worked with over 70,000 children in the past year alone.
It works in genuine partnership with local communities in the developing world to help improve children’s access to health care, education, child rights and protection.
In aid of the trek, Robbie had to set a target of £2,450 and he is currently sitting at around £2,000. He has raised the money through the help of family and friends as well as a sponsored bag pack in the Asda store in Forfar, donations and a pub quiz in Tally’s bar.
Robbie also received a generous donation from Howdens Joinery in Arbroath.
Robbie commented: “I would like to express my thanks to all who have donated to help me get so close to my total.
“A thank you also to those who have donated on my ‘MyDonate’ web page.”
One final event has been organised in a bid to raise enough to reach his target, a prize bingo tea in the Royal British Legion Scotland building in Forfar will take place on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. with eyes down at 7.30 p.m.
Robbie decided to take on the challenge of Mount Everest as it is his last ever free summer, and he has decided “to do something a bit different.”
He is currently studying marketing for his last year of university at Abertay, Dundee.
The dare-devil, who is a keen hill walker, will be climbing around 18,000 feet in both sub-zero temperatures and humid condition, whilst battling harsh elements and consuming stodgy high-energy food for the 10-day long trek.
Including travel time, the trip will last for 15 days.
He said: “I am a little bit anxious, but it will all be worth it in the end.
“With the help of the 20 strong team, it will be tough, but an amazing experience.”
You can add to Robbie’s total for Childreach International by visiting mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rd16smith