Many say that being a Chief Executive is one of the hardest and loneliest jobs you can do, so that should stand two of Scotland's local government Chief Executives in good stead as they prepare to swap desk for desert, computer for camel and meetings for mighty dunes in a bid to raise money for CHAS.
We are delighted to welcome Sally Loudon, COSLA's Chief Executive, and Joyce White, Chief Executive at West Dunbartonshire Council and Chair of SOLACE, to #TeamCHAS for a five-day trek across the Sahara Desert in November next year.
The intrepid duo who will be trekking under the name of the Sahara Stompers - hope to raise £10,000 to allow CHAS to provide vital hospice care to families all over Scotland. Their challenge is to trek for four days through the ever-changing landscape of the Sahara and to climb to the top of the massive Chegaga Dunes, where they will witness the desert sun-rise. The days will be hot and the trekking will be tough as Joyce and Sally attempt to conquer this mammoth desert, but we know with their experience they can do it…
Commenting on the challenge, COSLA's Chief Executive Sally Loudon said; "Being a Chief Executive is no stroll in the park and nor is a trek across the Sahara Desert. Indeed, some might say that there are real similarities between the two in terms of tough days in hot conditions, but in all seriousness, I am delighted to have signed up for this CHAS challenge and can think of no better cause to be undertaking it for. I am a mother of three children. Knowing that your child has a life shortening condition is an unimaginable thought and when I heard that I could play some small part in supporting CHAS to help a family ensure their time together is filled with fun and happiness, I jumped at the chance."
Joyce White Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council and Chair of SOLACE said: "CHAS offers home from home support through its two hospices; one in my own council area in Balloch and another in Kinross. It also provides hospice services all over Scotland through CHAS at home, offering fun and games as well as respite and emotional support. My sense of adventure and the desire to help this wonderful charity means that this trek is right up my street. Being a Girl Guider, I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to make a difference, and it's particularly fitting that we're launching our news on World Thinking Day when guides and scouts are encouraged to think about the impact they are having. I hope in some small way our effort helps and motivates others to do their bit."
We would love to grow #TeamCHAS to take on the Sahara so if Sally and Joyce have inspired you, you can sign up too. A designated fundraiser will be on hand to provide all the fundraising advice you need to help you raise the £1,800 minimum over the next year and a half, and our event partners, Global Adventure Challenges will support you with all your logistical and training needs. You can learn more or enquire about signing up on our event page: CHAS Sahara Trek 2019.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the 'Sahara Stompers' you can do so on their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chassaharastompers.