With the final May bank holiday weekend here, Sewa UK’s Adventure4Sewa initiative is all set for its popular Yorkshire 3 Peaks or Y3Peaks walk, an exciting fundraising adventure which will see all age groups and families embarking on the 17th annual Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, usually attracting up to 400 participants. This year they have had a record-breaking registration of over 800 participants.
The ‘Adventure4Sewa’ programme aims to offer participants the chance to undertake demanding challenges, treks, Cycle4Sewa, Rickshaw Run and many more activities, while seeing some of the most remarkable places in the world and raising money for humanitarian causes.
The Y3Peaks walk covers 24.5 miles and goes across Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough; a total climb of 5,000 feet in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, one of the most beautiful regions within the UK. Participants can choose to walk just one, two or all three peaks. The flexibility of choice means that the Y3Peaks is able to accommodate newcomers and novices as much as experienced trekkers/walkers. The trek route is lined with volunteers and guides throughout, making the experience both fun and smooth.
As well as promoting physical fitness and mental health and raising funds for charity, the event aims to provide an arena to mingle with other diaspora members and allow young people to make new friends, acquire leadership skills as make a positive lifestyle change.
The inspiration for such a unique sewa (selfless service) experience came from Prof. Janesh Gupta, from Birmingham, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 1994 raising £5,000 for Endometriosis UK. During this, he saw an opportunity to get people involved with trekking while also raising funds for charities.
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Subsequently, he approached Sewa UK and teamed up with Satish Shah, a Sewa UK volunteer from Bradford, to create the unique initiative popularly known as “Charity Through Adventure” which amalgamates sewa with adventure. Prof. Gupta’s vision led to the first Sewa UK trek to Kilimanjaro in July 2006 with a group of 23 trekkers and raised £61,800.
The Y3Peaks team is now run by Shah and Kamlesh Patel and has seen immense success and interest from the community over the years. recommended donations for the event are £10, £30 or £50 for working persons and pensioners, and £5 for students, children and the unemployed. Sewa UK recommends that each walker or family aim to raise £50 for the charity. This has now grown into multiple activities, creating opportunities to get people from all walks of life involved and fundraising for amazing projects Sewa UK runs.
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The Adventure4Sewa team organise several exciting events throughout the year such as Everest Base Camp trek, London Marathon, Himalaya Trek, Rickshaw Run, Cycle4Sewa and many more and have several lined up in the coming months, with something for everyone.
*Info: Adventure4Sewa, Sewa UK