THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
Make 2014 the Year for Adventure!
Do you remember your first outdoor adventure as a child?
We were recently contacted by Ceri, who works as the Events Coordinator at the children’s charity Widehorizons, and she shared her first adventure with us:
“My first adventure was at the age of two, when I climbed onto the roof of the reception venue at my grandparents’ wedding. I don’t remember how I got up there but I imagine I conquered the challenge with the same stubborn determination (and clumsiness!) that I have carried forward into my adult life.
I’m choosing to share this story with you because, now at age 23, I work as the Events Coordinator at the children’s charity Widehorizons. We use the outdoors to provide life-changing adventures to disadvantaged children and young people. One of our core beliefs is that great adventures don’t have to be about climbing Everest or trekking to the North Pole – they can be as small as rolling down a hill for the first time, exploring the magic of a forest, or hitching up your party dress and heading for the roof!
For example, at Widehorizons Environment Centre, our nine-acre site in South-East London, we often have children visiting us who are upset about getting their wellies dirty, but by the end of the day will be happily sticking their hands in the mud and smearing it across their faces! For them, this is an adventure!
Sadly, children in the UK today often don’t get to experience even the smallest of adventures like these – over 80% of the population now live in urban areas. In London alone, 4 in 10 children are living in poverty. They will never have the opportunity, or means, to venture beyond their own doorsteps."
However on Saturday 21st June you can help to make a difference to the lives of these children by taking part in the Widehorizons Nightline event, a 50km walking adventure by night.
Beginning at Widehorizons Environment Centre, participants will travel some of the most famous trails in London and Kent including the Green Chain Link, London Loop, Darent Valley Path, and North Downs Way. Each Nightline participant will be raising funds so that Widehorizons can give adventures to children who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
What’s more? Anyone who signs up to Nightline before February 28th has a chance to win one of 10 pairs of Merrell shoes! Take part in the Nightline adventure to enable a child to have an adventure too.
So here’s our challenge to you: Make 2014 the Year for Adventure.
Register here http://www.widehorizons.org.uk/event/nightline/