Kathy iffla and Jude Evans, together with Claire Davies from Bryncrug were amongst a group of 12 people who undertook a weeklong trek in the Sahara - a tough challenge that raised £15,000 for 'Odyssey' - the charity that was created to help people with cancer regain their confidence and enjoyment of life
The trek was organised by Hugo Iffla from ‘Odyssey.’
“ I’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone - our trekkers and of course our sponsors. It was a fantastic effort and a great result, with sponsor money still coming in.”
“To take part in something like this Sahara trek Omega Seamaster 300M Automatic Replica is quite an experience and I have to say we had it all in that week – sun, sand, sweat, sand dunes, blisters, dodgy tummies – and even a sandstorm that heralded an hour or two of rain and thunder and lightening!”
“All the trekkers coped amazingly well with everything, battling gamely on and we completed the trek in fine style. We covered nearly 100km over four days of trekking through stunning and varied scenery that included wide open plains, rock strewn hills, sand dunes, river beds and rocky gorges.”
“ We had a great support team of Berber guides and camp staff and despite the hardships we all had great fun with memories to keep for a lifetime.”
Jude, Kathy and Claire agreed it was an incredible experience.
Jude said, “ It is a week I will remember forever and I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me to take up this challenge. Most of the other trekkers had been touched by cancer and to listen to their stories was truly humbling - they were all very courageous."
"I suffered with blisters on day one - even though my boots
were well worn in - and had to continue the trek in sandals - which were extremely comfy
given the terrain! We had to cope with sand storms, thunder and lightening and
blistering heat. I suffered with the 'trekkers trots' on the last day! How I
coped with that 25k walk I'll never know as I felt awful..."
“ But all the hardships we put up with, - the blisters, searing heat and
even ‘trekkers trots’ - were nothing compared to the fun we had,
friendships we made and experiences we shared.”
“ The whole week was amazing but the highlight for me was sleeping under the stars at night - when the moon went down the starry sky was just beautiful.”
Kathy added, “To be able to do something really concrete and positive to help with the charity work of ‘Odyssey’ has been both an honour and also immensely rewarding. The trek saw 12 people come together in this common cause. We laughed, cried, walked, sweated, rested, ate, and completed the trek together... in what was the most awe -inspiring environment.”
“Special thanks must go to all the local people who have supported all the events that have been run throughout the year in support of ‘Odyssey’; especially to Jill Winterton, The Magic Lantern Cinema, Rita and Mark Blunden at Ynys Maengwyn, and The Bro Dysynni choir for their concert in the summer at the Neuadd Dyfi with the winners of the young musicians awards from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn, and of course to all those individuals who have donated so generously!"
“ It has been an amazing year, and Jude and I and Claire are all agreed that we will never forget the trek and the great people with whom we completed the challenge.”
"Most of all we are thrilled to have raised the profile of the charity ‘Odyssey’ and to have made enough money to enable a few more people to benefit from the Odyssey experience in the months to come ”