A long hike from home helps the Prince's Trust
London, 28 March 2014
For five days in March, a group of London Macquarie women travelled a long way from home to trek 90 kilometres across tough terrain in Vietnam.
Walking up to eight hours per day, along riverbanks, mountain passes and paddy fields, was a tough experience for Macquarie Funds Group’s Cristina Gonzalez, Jennifer Chuppe, Madhulika Saraf, Raffaella Copper and Rosa Villalobos. Their travels also incorporated traditional rural Vietnamese life, staying with local tribespeople and sleeping under canvas. But the challenge enabled them to raise £50,000 for the Prince’s Trust to help change the lives of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people, as part of the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group which organised the trek. The Macquarie trekkers managed to contribute half of the total funds raised for the initiative, amongst the 17 women in total who participated.
Jen Chuppe had had no experience camping before the trip, and had never even owned a sleeping bag.
“The biggest physical challenge was the fourth day because I had food poisoning in the morning and had to hike for five hours uphill. But overall it was a great experience – I got to know my colleagues on a different level and raise money for a good cause.”
Image caption: The Prince’s Trust-organised Vietnam trek inspired five Macquarie staff to raise funds for disadvantaged UK youth.