Participants in the forthcoming fund-raising trek in Nepal in aid of the Springboard charity have been given encouragement by the Nepalese ambassador to the UK.
Dr Chalise told the group that the treks like the Springboard one are hugely important to Nepal and suggested the charity's next challenge should be the Great Himalayan Trek, which is the longest in the world, covering a total of 4,500km and taking 156 days to complete.
Annie Pierce, chief executive of Springboard, said it was a privilege for the group to meet the ambassador.
"Not only does it help to boost tourism and raise the profile of Nepal as a destination; but more importantly, the volunteering aspect in the village schools - where people are poor and have little access to basic educational support and little contact with foreigners - will leave a lasting and positive legacy."
It is hoped that the Springboard trek will help to raise around £100,000 for the charity's support and mentoring programmes in helping young and disadvantaged young people into the hospitality industry. Each trekker has personally committed to raising a minimum of £3,500.
Janet Harmer, Caterer and Hotelkeeper's hotels editor, is joining the trek and donations to her fund-raising efforts can be made by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanetHarmer
There are still a limited number of place on the trek, which will takes place from 1 to 11 March 2014. If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people at home and abroad, as well as embark on the challenge of your life, please contact Mike Spencer at Springboard on 020 7529 8610 or Mikes@springboarduk.org.uk