Huma Charity Challenge is a division of World Expeditions that has three decades of experience in offering high quality adventure travel and has organized over 500 adventures for charities around the globe. When joining a Huma Charity Challenge you embark on a remarkable journey to discover your inner philanthropist and partake in an adventure to discover new worlds, landscapes and cultures … perhaps you’ll even discover how far your personal boundaries stretch as you take on a physical challenge like a cycling, trekking or a mountaineering adventure.
The people who take on our Huma Open Charity Challenges are as diverse as the causes that they support. In this post we profile one of the intrepid souls who signed up for a Charity Challenge to Mongolia.
Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Edwin Lampert and I am a thirty-something journalist who lives in London.
Which charity are you raising monies for?
I am raising monies for The Brun Bear Foundation. This is a charity I founded in memorial of my father in February 2015 as a way of perpetuating his memory and values while at the same time supporting the causes he held dear. Broadly speaking, these break down into three categories: community projects, medical programmes and animal welfare with special emphasis on bears. We have only been going a year but already we have donated £1900 to the OSCAR campaign at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
That sounds promising! How do you raise funds for the foundation?
The charity raises monies in four distinct ways. I wrote a children’s book in my father’s memory that is titled The Adventures of Brunhilfer and Brunfin: The Flood, sales go directly to the charity’s account. We organise community events, supper clubs, and an annual ‘epic’ charity challenge. Hence my enrolment on the Mongolia Trekking Challenge.
Was there anything in particular that attracted you to this charity challenge in Mongolia?
I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and challenging. This trek certainly meets the bill! At the same time I have a number of Mongolian friends and wanted to know more about their homeland and culture.
Have you set specific fundraising goals?
I hope to raise at least £2,000 for my cause. I have paid for the trek and flights out of my own salaried income. In this way, any monies raised go direct to the causes we want to support. It’s important for me that people will not be underwriting my trip with their donations.
What is next for your charity?
A Russian language version of the children’s book is underway and the second book in the series will come out in time for Christmas. Community events have been organised for June and December and supper clubs will take place in May and November this year. I will also be doing a special book reading at North London’s biggest and best Toddler, Baby & Bump Show on 10 September. We will be making more donations to great causes and expect to make a very exciting announcement soon about a partnership with a bear sanctuary! A documentary is also planned. Stay tuned!
We definitely will! When is your Mongolia Charity Challenge planned for and what else do we need to know?
I depart on 23rd of July and if all goes according to plan will finish on the 2nd of August. The reason I’m doing this open charity challenge is of course The Brun Bear Foundation and we made a short video about this charity to explain a little more. If people want to donate to the foundation, they can do so via the make a donation website.
Thank you very much for sharing your story with us Edwin, we will be following you during your Mongolian charity challenge this summer!
If you are interested in undertaking a challenge for your charity as well, you can have a look at the Huma Charity Challenge website which is full of information on how to get started, how to fundraise, and inspirational challenges: humacharitychallenge.com.