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Not only will you be broadening your horizons and experience a different environment; you will be funding life saving research to beat blood cancers for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Join us and Charity Challenge; the world's leading fundraising challenge operator.
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- You can trek, bike or climb throughout the world while raising vital funds for charity.
- With over 50 departure dates to choose from, in 12 different countries, with 3 levels of difficulty, ranging from 1-19 days, there is sure to be something for you!
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Need Some Inspiration? Trek in Machu Picchu, Cycle through Vietnam and Cambodia, Kayak in Africa, Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cycle in Iceland or explore the Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek.
On October 12, 2012 my 5 year old daughter Sarah, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and given a 50% chance of survival. Our world was turned upside down. After two years of treatments, doctors’ appointments, poking and prodding, Sarah relapsed a fourth time. Sadly, she passed away at home on November 2, 2014. She is the inspiration for my trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Read More
To pay it forward. My son Cameron was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia at the age of 2 and got a second chance at life. I am forever grateful to all those who fundraised before me. It is my turn to support and give hope to those fighting today. Read More
I was looking for something different in my life and when I heard about Charity Challenge, it intrigued and terrified me. I had never ever considered going to the places I have been –they were definitely not on my bucket list. After trying to get someone to go with me unsuccessfully, I took the plunge and headed off to Vietnam and Cambodia for a cycling adventure. I was not disappointed –it was an amazing adventure and since then I have done challenges in Cambodia/ Thailand and India.If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever go to India, I would have said absolutely no chance. Read More
Pictures and itinerary could not prepare me for this, it was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.
This experience was amazing - personally for me, it really was life changing and exceeded all expectations. I have come home a different person. Read More
A Remarkable Trek Inspired by Sarah
"On October 12, 2012 my 5 year old daughter Sarah, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and given a 50% chance of survival. Our world was turned upside down. After two years of treatments, doctors’ appointments, poking and prodding, Sarah relapsed a fourth time. Sadly, she passed away at home on November 2, 2014. She is the inspiration for my trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Once I landed in Africa, it finally hit me that I was about to climb a mountain, a huge bucket list adventure! After a year of planning it was finally here. My journey was about to begin. A three hour drive brought us to Kilimanjaro National Park and our trek began. The next several days were challenging and breathtaking (literally and figuratively) all at the same time. A typical day began at 6 a.m. with our porters singing and inspiring all of us to get moving – their energy is incredible! Once we broke from camp we would hike eight hours past incredible scenery with changing landscapes (waterfalls, beautiful grasslands and rock formations) and temperatures! Pictures don’t do the mountain justice terms of its size and scale. It may look like a small hill in photos but I promise you it’s not! I became more excited each and every day that I was there. I also thought of Sarah a lot, I miss her more than words can say. I wish she could have been with me to see these cool sites. She loved taking pictures and so I can only imagine that she would have taken about a million photos; we probably wouldn't even have made it to the top because she would have been so lost in the beauty.
The final day before the summit we only trekked four hours so that we could conserve as much energy as possible before beginning our climb to the top at midnight. The final ascent would take eight hours and another five to get back down to our next base camp. The summit is an altitude 5,895m and on the trip we were reminded that altitude sickness can hit at any point. At this point most of us were on some type of pain medication (Tylenol or Advil) and altitude meds to help combat the nausea. But this is what we had been working for. This was it.....‘Summit Day’ was full of excitement and nerves. Everyone was dressed in multiple layers due to the cold and the pace was “pole, pole” which means slowly, slowly in Swahili. We had to stop every hour to re-fuel. About five hours up I became very dizzy and began walking a bit wobbly. The team that I was with knew why I was going to the highest point in Africa and they would not let me give up that easily. It was because of the guides, porters, everyone's encouragement, and of course thinking of Sarah, that I continued on. After 8 hours, on one of the most difficult journeys of my life, I arrived at the summit. It was perfect. To the left I saw glaciers. To the right I saw clouds as far as you could see. After being on the mountain for 7 days of hardship, I had arrived at the world's largest free standing mountain.
Even at the top, as high as we could go, I thought almost exclusively of Sarah and how much I miss her. I wish she could see her dad now and how she changed the world. Before I left the top, I made sure to close my eyes and think of my family and be thankful - even if we only had Sarah for a mere 7 years, it was the BEST 7 years of my life.... Africa is a place that I have fallen in love with for its beautiful land, great people and incredible spirit - a place and journey I will not soon forget."
Janet Lough was among 22 others who trekked Machu Picchu and the Andean mountains of Peru.
"To pay it forward. My son Cameron was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia at the age of 2 and got a second chance at life. I am forever grateful to all those who fundraised before me. It is my turn to support and give hope to those fighting today.
I was completely blown away by Peru. The local guides, the kind Peruvian people, the mountains and Machu Picchu itself…it all surpassed my expectations.
I will forever cherish the rich culture and beautiful moments we shared with the locals; from playing soccer with the kids in the village, bringing gifts to local schoolchildren, dancing in traditional Peruvian costumes to staying in a local family’s home. These memories will forever be imprinted on my heart.
The guides were phenomenal and the people in the group were kind, generous, funny and compassionate. This was a very powerful, emotional experience for myself and for the others. Everyone had a story and personal reason “why” they were fundraising; I was humbled and honoured that they would share their stories with me
This Trek reminded me that life is fragile and that it is a privilege to be able to breathe in and out each day. I also see our land in a different light now and have a deep admiration for the Andean people; they are kind, hard-working, generous people who respect and appreciate their mountains, something that we can all learn from. This trek gave me a yearning to explore even more."
"I first became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society when I lived in Ohio and completed 2 Nike Women’s Marathons. I initially started so that I could train and run a marathon with a group. Shortly I after I became involved with the society, one of my co-workers was diagnosed with Lymphoma and subsequently passed away. Then the son of another co-worker was diagnosed with Leukemia and my best friend’s sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma. So I quickly went from really no ties to lots of exposure to the disease. I do believe that everything in life happens for a reason and it is sometimes only later that the reason becomes clear.When I came back to Canada, I became involved in events and fundraising with the LLSC.
My most recent challenge was cycling in India. We flew to Delhi, took a train to Agra where the Taj Mahal is and then cycled 500km to Jaipur. I have to say I was expecting the worst from Delhi and was actually pleasantly surprised. Yes it is dirty but from what I had heard, I expected to see raw sewage running in the streets. I love to see all the small towns along the way that we go to and the people, particularly the kids, are always amazing. The kids have so little and they are always smiling and friendly. We have so much and are never happy with what we have.
The Taj Mahal was an incredible site. Everywhere we cycled was amazing to see. The traffic was the craziest I have ever seen. In theory, they drive on the left side of the road but they in fact go in every direction. There are bikes, scooters, motorcycles, tuk tuks, cars, trucks, pedestrians, dogs, pigs and cows moving in every direction and the cows have the right of way. I think every meal I had was either vegetarian or chicken. When I came home, I said I would never return to India but after a couple of weeks back to reflect on it I realized India is a large country and never is a long time and I can see myself going back on a future challenge.
I am a Charity Challenge addict and I think it is incurable. All of my adventures have been challenging, incredible and life changing. I always come back with a sense of accomplishment and while you are there,the people treat you so great. Charity Challenge is a phenomenal organization and go out of their way on each trip to meet every one of their promises and make you feel special. Safety is always utmost in their mind and I have never been in a situation on any trip where I felt fear or unsafe. Just an amazing group.I am in the process of trying to plan my fourth challenge, cycling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam later in 2018."
Pictures and itinerary could not prepare me for this, it was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.
Taking part in this challenge was the best thing that I have ever experienced, I have made a group of friends for life, pushed myself physically and mentally but more importantly raised money for a great cause.
The overall organization and knowledge of everyone involved stood out, everyone knew any questions that arose and didn't need to ask someone else for help. The American guides as well were seriously topnotch. I couldn't fault anything at all and can only say that it was the best 9 days of my life and I'd recommend it to anyone.