Three staff from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have trekked across Iceland to raise funds and support for blind and partially sighted people.
The RNIB’s director of engagement, Fazilet Hadi and its chair, Kevin Carey, who are both registered blind, were joined by its director of fundraising, Wanda Hamilton, and 30 other trekkers on the charity challenge.
The team covered 37 kilometers through narrow mountain paths, lava fields and fast-flowing rivers. Of the trekking team, 11 were blind or partially sighted.
Ms Hadi, who started to lose her sight at the age of 9 and is now registered blind, took part in the challenge to “give something back to the RNIB,” where she has worked for more than 20 years. She said: “I was expecting the trek to be tough, but it really tested us all, with the whole group tackling river crossings and sharp descents in hailstorms and gale force winds. My fellow trekkers were wonderful, keeping me going and reaffirming my belief that you can achieve incredible things when you have the right support.”
Mr Carey added: “It’s no exaggeration to say that the trek was a life-changing experience for all involved. Together we battled against the elements to cross rivers and lava fields and trek down into volcanic valleys – experiences I’ll never forget. If you’re looking for a challenge for a good cause, join Team RNIB and take on the next Iceland trek in March 2017.”
Due to the success of the challenge, the RNIB is planning its own Iceland trek on 23–27 March. Individuals taking part are asked to raise £2450 each.
For more information and to take part, visit the RNIB's website.