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Each year, Springboard offers people within the hospitality industry the chance to make a difference by participating in a community project in one of the world’s most remote and deprived locations. These opportunities take the form of a two-week trek to a community in need and support a project that enriches the lives of the people that live there. Previous Springboard treks include bringing sustainable energy to a village in Peru and building school classrooms in Nepal.
In 2019, Carly Taylor, Site Services Manager from Corporate Services, is taking on the challenge of a lifetime and participating in this year’s Springboard Trek to Borneo. The trekkers will spend three days helping to build a local school for the jungle village of Kampung Tagalapang. This will bring a formal education to many young local children who would otherwise not have this option - the nearest school is 240km away!
Talking about why she applied for the trek, Carly said: “I have nothing to lose and I’m just excited to see how much I can push myself. I’m going to put everything into this challenge of a life time.”
Carly can’t wait to take the trek and is looking forward to taking on the challenge: “I’m hoping to be able to come back and talk about my experience and tell people that they can do anything if they put their minds to it. Nothing is out of reach, you’ve just got to go for it.”
The Corporate Services Star Employee of the Year award winner is currently in the process of fundraising the cost of the trip and training for the trek. Carly will shortly be participating in a Lake District training weekend and has been busily walking in preparation for the hilly rainforest hike: “I’ve been walking every weekend since I knew this was happening. I’m lucky enough to live in the country and can walk for miles and I’ve changed lifts for stairs at work to build those muscles!”
Pictured: Carly receiving Star Employee of the Year at the 2018 Star Awards
So far Carly has raised over £1,500 out of the £3,500 target by holding cake sales, selling samosas, holding a raffle and of course a Christmas bingo event!
To help Carly on her journey, Sodexo is making a donation to the trip. You can also support by donating to Carly’s trip online - click here.
Any additional funds raised over the cost of the trip will be donated to Springboard to support vulnerable individuals back in the UK to overcome their hurdles and find meaningful work within the hospitality industry.
To find out more about the trek and how you can support the trekkers, please visit the Springboard website - click here.
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