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Whether you like it ‘hot’ and crave to trek in the Sahara Desert or favour the ‘cold’ and fancy driving a snow mobile in arctic conditions, the Dorset charity, has an overseas challenge for you.

Whether you like it ‘hot’ and crave to trek in the Sahara Desert or favour the ‘cold’ and fancy driving a snow mobile in arctic conditions, the Dorset charity, has an overseas challenge for you.

Throughout 2013 and 2014 Diverse Abilities Plus, the charity that supports children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other physical and learning disabilities, is arranging a variety of overseas challenges to raise further funds to continue the great work it does in the local Dorset area. Whether you like it ‘hot’ and crave to trek in the Sahara Desert or favour the ‘cold’ and fancy driving a snow mobile in arctic conditions, the Dorset charity, has an overseas challenge for you.

For a very chilly, but rewarding experience, take part in the Arctic Adventure Challenge. This challenge combines the chance to adapt to, and live in, a cold environment and satisfy your survival instinct. The seven day experience sees you husky driving, snowmobiling safari around the mountains, ice fishing, cross country skiing, fire lighting, building shelters and snow-holes to name but just a few. Plus you may get the chance to see the Northern Lights – a once in-a-lifetime experience! The challenge includes a free pre-arctic survival training weekend in Devon. Entry is £200 and minimum sponsorship is £2850. The next Arctic Adventure is due to take place in January 2014 (also available Jan 2015)

Have you ever wanted to feel the Sahara desert underfoot? Now is your chance… The ten day Sahara Trek will involve travelling through Zagora, along the long Palmerie of the Draa with crumbling Kasbahs dotted among the palms and passing cliffs of the Southern Draa in the direction of the first Dunes at Ait Ourir.  You will spend nights under the stars of the high dunes of L’ErgZaher, climb to the summit of the Zaher Dune to see the beautiful sunrise before heading north to cross the riverbed of the Draa.  The trek also includes a visit to the World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, the ancient Kasbah that has been a backdrop for many films. Entry is £299 and minimum sponsorship is £2,200. The next Sahara Trek is due to take place in March 2014.

For those that can see themselves canoeing across lakes and rivers, the Sweden Canoe Adventure Challenge is perfect. Participants will stay in a log cabin before beginning the five-day challenge and setting off on their Canadian canoe through a tranquil, unspoiled and vast wilderness in Sweden. Each night will then be spent on an island sleeping outside in either a hammock or tent. No canoeing experience is required, but you must be able to swim. Entry is £200 per person and minimum sponsorship is £1,650. The next Sweden Canoe Trek is due to take place in July 2014. 

Iceland has it all and if you fancy seeing some of the spectacular wilderness areas in Europe then the Iceland Trek is for you. With its mix of volcanic landscape and streaming lava fields, ice caps, glaciers and waterfalls, this is not to be missed. Entry is £199 and minimum sponsorship is £2,400. The next Iceland Trek is due to take place in July 2014.

Have you ever dreamed of trekking the highest mountain in Africa? Take part in the Kilimanjaro Climb and see yourself hiking for seven days until you reach the top of this 5895m mountain.  Entry is £499 and minimum sponsorship is £3,950. The next Kilimanjaro Climb is due to take place in October 2014. Ceri Lewis, a Communications Officer from Poole, is taking part in this year’s event.

Ceri said: “I have chosen to support Diverse Abilities Plus for several reasons. The main reason is because I have two good friends with a son who has received fantastic support from the charity and has benefitted tremendously from their fantastic work. It is vital that support for Diverse Abilities Plus is maintained so they can continue to support both children and adults.  I also chose to support Diverse Abilities Plus because as an epilepsy sufferer myself, I always think that had my condition been worse both my parents and I would have needed the support of such a charity to help us. I think it is important to support local charities where possible and the work of Diverse Abilities Plus is very close to me.” 

For those that like it really hot, get on your walking boots and sign up for the Cuba Escambray Encounter. The five-day trek starts in the capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Havana and each day sees around six to seven hours of walking pass farms, coffee plantations and fruit plantations. This a tough challenge, for those that can take the heat, but with amazing views and tropical waterfalls to bathe in, it is worth the effort. Entry is £475 and minimum sponsorship is £3250. The next Cuba Escambray Encounter is available in March or November 2014.

Diverse Abilities Plus can find the perfect challenge for you, whether it’s cycling, running, watersports, trekking or something unique and adventurous, whether in the UK or around the world. 

For further information on the events or to sign up, please contact Sharon Wells at Diverse Abilities Plus on 01202 718266 or emailSharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk. Please also visit www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk for more information on the charity. 

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