The Lairig Ghru Challenge
In May 2012, our Thru the Ghru challenge attracted a fantastic 43 walkers. It was an outstanding success and everyone finished the challenge.
The Lairig Ghru
This is a serious walk of 28 miles through very remote and exposed terrain.
It is possibly the best known high level pass in Scotland and has a long history as a key cattle droving route between Speyside and Deeside. The steep-sided pass cuts north/south through the Cairngorm Plateau and provides a spectacular route with 4,000 foot peaks towering above on both sides.
At both ends the route passes through pine forests and moorland but in the pass itself that climbs to around 830 metres, there is no shelter and no escape route. There are clear paths for most of the distance, though these are lost amongst the stones on the roughest, highest section.
After a very early hearty breakfast on the morning of the challenge, feet were adorned with cohesive tape and the walkers had a safety briefing from the guides. Three groups set off at different times in glorious weather to take in the spectacular scenery of the Lairig Ghru.
The boulder field proved the most challenging aspect of the walk. Good team work came into play as everyone helped each other through. Some people sang as they walked, some people didn’t speak at all and some cursed their way along the miles!
The walkers were greeted at the finish line with medals, champagne and some impromptu foot massages. The temperatures were still in the mid 20’s at 4pm as everyone re-hydrated, relaxed and exchanged stories.
In the evening, celebrations took place at Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry with a relaxed dinner, a Ceilidh band and local Scottish dancers.
This challenge alone raised over £10,000! Excellent work. Well done and sincere thanks to all the walkers, supporters and donators.
One 4 Kids Send 8 Staff and 2 Clients to Vietnam
On the 3rd of March 2012, 10 volunteers made up of eight staff and two long standing clients of One Solution started the long journey to Vietnam.
The objective of this volunteer challenge was to help deliver a programme of school activities for 250 children. Running in tandem with the classroom activities the 10 volunteers would also help deliver a completed new build house for a family within the community in Rach Gia.
One 4 Kids volunteers, working in tandem with The Catalyst Foundation, spent five days teaching the children English, Crafts, Culture & Sports. Jill Tanner, a retired School Head Teacher and client of One Solution, was instrumental in organising the classroom events prior to the team leaving for Vietnam.
Volunteers Build a new Home for a Family in the Rach Gia Community
Running alongside the school classroom programme the volunteers worked for five days to help build a new home for a member of the community in Rach Gia. With the expertise and direction of Mike Tanner, a client of One Solution, the house build took five days to complete and the family invited the volunteers into their home when it was completed.
Gallery of Rach Gia School & Rach Gia House Build
The Catalyst Foundation
The Catalyst Foundation was founded in 1999 by Caroline Nguyen Ticaro-Parker. It focuses on improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Vietnam. For children and families living in extreme poverty in Vietnam, the Foundation is a humanitarian organization that supports community programs to provide basic needs, job opportunities, counselling and education to prevent the trafficking of young children.