LAST month RTN told the story of Fiona Phillips – Head of Secondary at Xabia International College who, together with her sister Janette, took on the tough 3-day 60km ‘Icelandic Lava Trek’ from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork earlier this month.
The trek led Fiona and Janette through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions and held a special place in their hearts as they set about the challenge in memory of their mother, who went to Iceland in 1980.
Catching up with Fiona as she returned to Javea, she reported that although she was often out of her comfort zone, it was an ‘amazing experience’ she will never forget:
‘It was an amazing experience! To be in a far corner of Europe amidst such wild and stunning scenery was something I’ll never forget – crossing volcanic lava fields, passing steaming geysers, tumbling waterfalls, with tough ascents and descents often in snow, then traversing fast-flowing freezing rivers up to knee-height, all made for a very challenging 3-day 60km trek!’
‘I was often out of my comfort zone, with aching muscles and blisters my main problems, though having to pitch tent in freezing wind and rain at the end of the day was also a challenge! At least the food was plentiful and nutritious – porridge each morning, plenty of snack stops en route and a hearty meal each evening kept us going.’
‘Quite an emotional moment when my sister Janette and I finally completed the trek and there were many times when we thought of our Mum, our inspiration for this trip. All the 21 participants were raising money for a charity close to their hearts, so there was plenty of motivation and determination from us all!’
‘A couple of days in Reykjavik to wind down, bathe in the Blue Lagoon and see some of the spectacular sights nearby brought our adventure to an end.’
When asked if she would take on a similar challenge in the near future, Fiona stopped to think and said: ‘I’m enjoying lying by my pool for the moment!’
Fiona and Janette’s mother worked tirelessly for Christian Aid and Fiona has raised an outstanding €1,505 in sponsorship for the charity.
Christian Aid has fought poverty for more than 75 years, working to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as tax justice, trade justice, climate change and Third World debt.
Sponsorship is still being gratefully received until the end of July.
If you would like to sponsor Fiona, you can visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FionaPhillips64.