8 Nov 2012
Mitsubishi Electric’s heating team has successfully raised over £75,000 for Save the Children following an eight day sponsored trek to Machu Picchu in Peru in a charity challenge that tested both the strength and endurance of the participants.
Most of the trip took place at altitudes of 4,600m (17,000ft) which meant climbing with low oxygen levels pushing the boundaries of all involved.
“We followed parts of the famous Inca Trail, trekking through rugged terrain, high mountain passes and remote valleys in order to reach the stunning Machu Picchu site,” explained Graham Temple, Marketing Manager for the Heating Division.
Often referred to as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, the pre-Columbian site is situated on a mountain ridge above Peru’s Urubamba Valley and is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca world.
Before even getting to the start of the trek, the intrepid explorers also had to undergo around 36 hours of flights, travel and transit from the UK.
“We then faced the long journey to the Urubamba Valley but as we entered through the Sun Gate after a tough four-day trek, it was well worth it just for that view alone,” said Temple. “We are also delighted to have reached our fundraising target and want to thank everyone who so generously supported us.”
The money will now be sent to Save the Children’s emergency fund which reacts to crisis and disasters around the globe, aiming to help save as many children as possible. In 2011 the emergency fund responded to 45 emergencies in 38 different countries and helped over 3 million children.
“Save the Children help children in poverty in some of the poorest and most dangerous places worldwide and the donations always go directly to help children so we knew it was a worthy cause,” said Temple.
Save the Children’s Emergency Fund focuses its resources on inspiring the greatest positive impact for children and over the next seven months, the team will be trying to raise as much money as possible.
The Heating team is now getting ready for its next fund raising challenge cycling over 500km from Saigon in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia in February 2013. Proceeds will once again go to Save the Children and anyone wishing to contribute can go to http://www.justgiving.com/mitsubishielectric55 or donate via mobile phone. Simply text MEUK55 plus the amount you wish to donate (e.g. MEUK55£10) to 70070.
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