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START GALA DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION

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So last night I attended a charity gala dinner and silent auction. It was for a charity called START.

START is a non-profit organisation running art workshops for refugees, orphans and children with special needs across the Middle East and India.

Their mission is to heal and educate children who have suffered with war, pain and loss.

The event was absolutely beautiful, it was held in the Armani hotel located in the amazing Burj Khalifa.

I wore a black velvet dress that I have had for around 15 years. So many times I have thought about getting rid of it but I’m so pleased I didn’t as velvet is now all the rage.

Also wearing my amazing, sparkly necklace that I am going to write a post on separately as I want to talk about the boutique I bought it from.

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WILD WALL CHALLENGE 2012

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My first challenge ever for charity was Walking the Great wall of China and raising money for kids. Wild Wall Challenge 2012 Beijing, China 18 – 26 May, 2012 Trekking...
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WILD WALL CHALLENGE 2012

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My first challenge ever for charity was Walking the Great wall of China and raising money for kids.

Wild Wall Challenge 2012
Beijing, China
18 – 26 May, 2012
Trekking

This was G4G’s 38th challenge.
Up to 25 people joined us for 6 days of hiking along the most spectacular sections of the Great Wall of China.
Passing through farmland, valleys, mountains, ancient tombs and quiet villages, the route involved gently undulating sections, but also some steep and rocky terrain, requiring scrambling to reach the most impressive parts of the wild wall. We stayed in small local hotels, as well as home-stays.

I must say, there are no words to express the gratitude, happiness and sense of accomplishment I felt after a wonderful and meaningful challenge. Well, worth the cause, and definitely a challenge within the challenge!

Walking on the wall of China and claiming nearly 30,000 stairs a day was super challenging, and I must say my knee after the challenge was numb for almost a month.

Visiting the lovely children at the end of the challenge made every gasp for breath and every sore muscle SO much worth it! I am just very glad to know that the realization of what we went through, experienced and wonderfully lived came to life and reality when I held those children in my arms! Very overwhelming! An experience like no other!

Funds raised by the Wild Wall Challenge 2012 was used to complete an aqua therapy pool for the Bethel Foundation, a Beijing charity that provides foster care, education and training for visually impaired children in China.

The pool will provide Aqua Therapy for 60 visually impaired children living at the Love Is Blind Village plus swimming lessons for another 200 orphans from 4 orphanages in the vicinity.
Blind children often find it hard to understand how to move their bodies, making it difficult to learn to move or plan their movements. These children often kick their legs or hit themselves in an attempt to get the feedback they are missing.

Here are some of the photos of the unforgettable experience!
Challenge yourself, experience the wild, risk your life and give back to those who really need your help.

We as a group raised over 120,000 USD for the kids on Beijing.

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HELLO FROM MAURITIUS

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TRAINLINE PART 2

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TRAINLINE

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