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Trekkers Triumph in Ethiopia!

We hear from the team on completion of their Ethiopia trek

By Action Against Hunger

Nov 17 2016

A group of the North of England's finest chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality industry experts have successfully completed their gruelling trek through Ethiopia, whilst raising an incredible £92,000 for Action Against Hunger.

A tough and challenging trek, the team including Lisa Allen, Executive Chef at Northcote, and Andrew Nutter, Chef Owner of Nutters and the Bird at Birtle, covered 80km of rocky trails and steep escarpments over four days in Debre Libanos at altitudes of up to 3,400m. The toughest day saw the team trek for 13 hours in high temperatures, on steep rocky terrain.

For Lisa, swapping chef whites for hiking boots was harder than expected: “The trek was a truly eye-opening, life-changing experience and I think we’ve all come back transformed by this trip. It’s by far the hardest physical and mental challenge I’ve ever faced and I think the whole team feel humbled by the things we’ve seen and the people we’ve met along the way. The hard work doesn’t stop here though - we want to continue to raise as much money as we can.”

Steven Burgess, chef owner of catering company Rhubarb & Custard, agrees: “Our trip was harder than I think we ever imagined and to successfully complete the trek feels like an absolute achievement and something we can be very proud of. Action Against Hunger is such an important charity and the synergy between what we all do and what the charity does made this trip even more meaningful.”

Team members held a number of fundraising activities throughout the summer, and have plans to hold more over the coming months to achieve their goal of raising £100,000.

All funds raised will go towards Action Against Hunger’s work to provide malnourished children with healthier futures in countries including Ethiopia, Yemen, Nigeria, Nepal and South Sudan.  

Christine Kahmann, Head of Communications at Action Against Hunger, said: “The Ethiopia Trek Team were absolutely incredible throughout the trip - we couldn’t have asked for a better team, who truly supported each other through tough times. They faced challenges with smiles on their faces and have come back determined to raise even more funds for malnourished children. We’re really grateful to the team for their efforts, and to everyone who has supported and sponsored them - the funds they’ve raised will make a real difference.”

The team fundraising page is still open for donations and can be viewed here.  

Action Against Hunger's Ambassador Challenge project takes place annually and sees teams from across the hospitality and food industries come together to take on a physical challenge in one of the countries we work in, to raise funds and awareness for Action Against Hunger's work. Now approaching it's fourth year, the Ambassador Challenge and it's dedicated team of cyclists and trekkers has raised over £345,000 to date.