An Aeolian archipelago adventure!
Join us for an unforgettable experience trekking through Sicily and the Aeolian Islands – climb Mount Etna and witness active volcanic eruptions – 13th to 20th October 2018
Last year’s trek took us to Italy and the response we received was simply tremendous. Thanks to the support and participation of almost 30 people we raised more than €100,000, which has helped support the build and development of our new palliative care facilities in Harold’s Cross, as well as helping maintain the highest level of loving care across both our Harold’s Cross and Blackrock hospices. Our thanks to all those who got involved (whether by fundraising or donating).
One bit of feedback we had last year was how much the participants enjoyed seeing Mount Vesuvius. Well, this year we’re going one better… we’re getting ready to embark upon a geological trek of a lifetime: a chance to visit not one but two active volcanoes up close.
The islands to the south west of Italy in the Aeolian Sea are home to some of Europe’s finest active volcanoes, including Mount Etna (the largest in Europe) and Stromboli (the most active in Europe); we will be visiting both of these under the careful guidance of specialist volcanologists. We will be witnessing impressive geological structures forged by the awesome forces of nature; we will visit beaches of black sand and crystal-clear waters, bathe in hot springs and mud baths; we will visit ancient archaeological sites (Greek tombs and theatres, and a prehistoric village); and we will enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine as we bask in the heat and soak up the spectacular ambiance.
… we will of course also be walking! Three to six hours each day to be precise, so bring your walking boots!
This promises to be a truly spectacular trip. The ask is similar to every year: we need you to raise a minimum sponsorship donation of €3,100 in return for which we can promise you the experience of a lifetime, with transfers, accommodation, food, guides all included so all you need to do is bring your walking boots and a positive attitude to have some great fun while raising vital funds for the front line services of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
To help you along the way, once again this year we will be offering you a €200 discount from your total for every additional friend you bring along. Don’t forget – the Fundraising Team here in the Hospice will be on-hand to support your efforts throughout your time fundraising, whether that be through social media, letters of verification, posters and flyers, or the provision of bag-packing / bucket-collection opportunities wherever we can. We’re also full of ideas on how you can raise funds. Just a few examples of the best fundraising activities from last year were as follows:
- Bag packing
- Church gate collections
- Pub quizzes
- Ebay sales
- Car boot sales
But if you’re new to fundraising, don’t worry, we’re here to help, and we’d be happy to help you plan your activities and make sure you have everything you need.
We do hope you’ll join us this year for what promises to be an amazing trek.
Catani in Sicily – Mount Etna – Alcantara River – Taormina – Milazzo – Lipari (by boat) – Vulcano (by ferry) – Lipari (by hydrofoil) – Stromboli – Catania
Saturday 13th of October – Saturday 20th October 2018
7 nights – 5 days walking
3 – 6 hours per day in hot sun on tracks, with uphill walking on days 5 and 7
Easy to Medium
Please note – If you have breathing difficulties you may get some discomfort in suphurous areas; if this is the case an alternative itinerary can be arranged for you on these days of the trek
€3,100 (including €300 non-refundable deposit)
Single room supplement €200 (limited number of rooms)
For every additional person that you encourage to join our group, we’ll reduce your fundraising target by €200, so if you have 5 buddies that want to join you in Italy later this Autumn that’s a whole €1000 off your group target.
See below more details about the Sicily Trek 2018: