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Desert trekkers

Posted: March 7, 2012 Time: 3:21 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Rainbow welcomed home its desert trekkers this week! Pauls Curtis and Stephen Powell have already raised over £4,000 for the children and adults of the Rainbow Centre and expect more funds to come in over the next few weeks.

They were inspired to take on the challenging four-day march across the Sahara desert after witnessing the life-changing work which goes on at the Centre helping children and adults towards independence.

“We wanted to do something which would challenge us, was a bit different, and would raise some serious money!” they said. The pair are both members of the BNI business network group, Fortress Fareham which supports Rainbow.

Highlights of the trip were a 5.00am start to see the sun rise over the Sahara and scaling sand dunes up to 400 feet high! The only drama was Stephen investigating a hole in the sand which, horrified Guides informed him was a snake hole, fortunately dragging him away before he woke the occupant

Stephen and Paul are already planning their next adventure (Kilimnajaro in 2013) and have set up ‘Extreme Charity’ which will keep supporters informed of the pair’s expeditions and training. To read more visit their website

Clare Acklam, Fundraising Manager for The Rainbow Centre, was full of praise for the dynamic duo and congratulated them on raising such a wonderful sum of money.