Fancy the trip of a lifetime?

Posted on: 9th February, 2015

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

Having established just-one in 2004, Declan Murphy of Clonakilty now lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal where, with the kind support of the people of West Cork, just-one’s operation continues to go from strength to strength. Further information on this grass-roots organisation and its valuable work can be found at www.just-one.org. Much needed donations can be made via the web-site or, preferably, directly to the just-one’s Irish bank account (# 87135118 / Sort Code 90-26-10). Declan is always happy to field individual and specific enquiries about the project and can be easily contacted by email on declan@just-one.org

After more than 10 years writing about the work just-one undertakes in Nepal, helping some of the poorest children there access educational opportunities they’d otherwise be denied, I’m absolutely delighted to now share our plans to welcome a group of Irish supporters to Kathmandu where they’ll have the chance to witness this work first-hand and learn more about it and experience the incredibly beautiful country in which it’s undertaken. If you think you or someone you know might be interested in being part of this group then please read on…

Thanks to the wonderfully generous support of Etihad Airways and Himalayan Encounters, we’re very happy to be able to offer up to 18 people an unbelievably good deal on a fantastic two-week trip to Nepal next November (5 – 20) in return for kindly engaging in some much-needed fundraising in aid of the continued success of our important work there.

This is a fund-raising trek with a difference, where each confirmed participant is being asked to raise a minimum of €1,500 for just-one and, in return for providing such a valuable contribution, the entire trip will then be made available for a shade over €1,100* (including return flights, accommodation, trek, etc.). Having secured this exceptionally low price as a way of saying ‘thanks’ to each participant, it must also be stressed that any money fundraised is not being used to pay for the trip.

just-one has always been adamant that funds are spent on the core cause for which they’ve been raised and we’re confident that any of our supporters choosing to participate in this trip will share this value too and happily pay the knock-down price of the trip from their own pockets.

In addition to making a couple of visits to just-one’s humble HQ in Kathmandu to see actually see this work and meet the staff and beneficiaries, the planned itinerary also includes a range of other activities — not least a five-day trek through the Himalayas that will have those participating reach an altitude of over 3,000m and enjoy some of the most stunning panoramic scenery the world has to offer!

With places on what many would describe as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime adventure’ limited to the first 18 people signed-up, we’re expecting the trip to be booked out fairly quickly and would suggest that anyone potentially interested in taking part should act fast! Further details, including the full 14-day itinerary, can be found on www.just-one.org and Marian O’Leary on our support committee in Clonakilty can be reached by emailing trip2nepal@just-one.org or calling 087-7642465.

I’m obviously more than somewhat biased with regard to the work of just-one, as well as the merits of Nepal as a destination worth visiting, but would nonetheless strongly recommend this unique opportunity to come see what the endless generosity of the people of West Cork and beyond has enabled us to achieve over the years. If you still need some convincing though, then maybe doing a Google image search for ‘Bhaktapur’, ‘Poon Hill’, ‘Kathmandu Monkey Temple’ and/or ‘Jhinu Danda hot springs’ will help give you a hint of the incredible adventure that awaits those willing to kindly lend us some much needed support.

* The individual costs (flight, trek, etc.) associated with this trip have actually been quoted to us in US Dollars, so it’s important to note that the €uro amount mentioned above is simply based on current exchange rates. At the time of booking, the $1,255 total may convert into more or less than the €1,109 it currently does.

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