Help Fight Leprosy in Tanzania
Rufiji Leprosy Trust (RLT) supports the development of Kindwitwi village in the remote Rufiji District of southern Tanzania. Kindwitiwi was set up in the 1950's as a mission for people affected by leprosy. Some years later, RLT was established to fund the care and support of advanced cases, a health centre, outreach programs to detect new cases and to promote self-checking, the economic development of the village, and financing the education of children of people affected by leprosy.
RLT, working with its local partner, has seen enormous success with leprosy cases rapidly reducing, the children of sufferers now able to contribute to the cost of their parents, and the government now taking responsibility for the health centre and school tuition fees.
Whilst the financial demands on RLT has accordingly reduced, funds are still needed to complete the program as the village reaches self-sufficiency.
Pennine Way Rewind
I first walked the Pennine Way at the tender age of 16. Now, 39 years later, I intend to retrace my steps from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. I still have my original "Wainwright". I wonder how much it has changed?
In August 1980 it took my friend and I 18 days to complete the 270 mile trek. I plan to equal that time although, unlike before when we wild camped, my schedule is rather fixed by pre-booked bed and breakfasts. It does mean, however, that I face the gruelling final stage - a 29 mile crossing of the Cheviots - in a single day!
Although my pack will be lighter (no tent, sleeping bag or stove), I am carrying a little more personal weight, most of it in places it shouldn't be. Perhaps I will lose some along the way.
Starting on Good Friday and finishing on May Bank Holiday Monday, who knows what the weather will bring. Snow is not out of the question by any means.
Whatever the weather brings, I have no doubt it will be a memorable journey spurred on by your support.
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