High hopes for Amnesty trek to Peru

Central Leader - - NEWS - By CA­TRIN OWEN

Jan Wil­liams is no stranger to donat­ing to char­ity, but the Mt Roskill woman has de­cided to take rais­ing money for Amnesty In­ter­na­tional to new heights.

The 42-year-old mother of one is off to trek the Inca Trail in Peru with 30 other people in mid-Au­gust. They’re all rais­ing money for Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

‘‘I wanted to be more ac­tive in my sup­port of Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and their fight for hu­man rights world­wide, and I have al­ways wanted to go to South Amer­ica – so win-win.’’

The group will meet with lo­cal Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­tacts and com­mu­nity lead­ers in Lima, the Peru­vian cap­i­tal, and will learn about the is­sues af­fect­ing people in Peru.

Then they will travel to Cusco to trek 44 kilo­me­tres along the Inca Trail. They fin­ish the five-day trek at the an­cient ru­ins of Machu Pic­chu.

The trek has been or­gan­ised by Amnesty Aus­tralia to raise money for Amnesty’s hu­man rights projects in Peru and around the world. Each per­son is re­quired to raise a min­i­mum of AUD$4250 on top of their travel and other ex­penses.

Wil­liams has or­gan­ised fundrais­ing events and raf­fles but still has AUD$1000 to go to reach her tar­get.

As the only Kiwi on the Aus­tralian team she also has to fund her flight to Syd­ney.

She has put her­self through a gru­elling train­ing regime to pre­pare for the trek and is hop­ing she won’t be af­fected by al­ti­tude.

‘‘I’ll step up my train­ing again over the re­main­ing eight weeks and then see how ex­cite­ment and adren­a­line com­bat any is­sues from the high al­ti­tude,’’ Wil­liams says.

With her July 20 fundrais­ing dead­line loom­ing, Wil­liams will have a cake stall and raf­fle at Block­house Bay Vil­lage Mar­ket to­mor­row.

Last push: Jan Wil­liams will soon be trekking the Inca Trail but is on her last push to meet her fundrais­ing goal.

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