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Ashley Moore, office administrator at Allenby/Connaught, is only one of two Sodexo colleagues chosen to represent the company on the Springboard Vietnam Trek 2018.
The Springboard charity helps young people achieve their potential within the hospitality industry, and Sodexo is a long-standing partner. The trek this year takes place between the 13 and 25 March and will see Ashley trek on average 17km per day, in order to reach a village called Ham Yen, where she will help to rebuild a school.
Ashley and her colleagues have already been busy raising funds through activities such as a cake sale, Christmas present wrap and a book sale.
We caught up with her to see how it’s all going…
Why did you decide to apply for the trek?
I applied because it’s been one of my life long dreams to help a poor community in a different country, live alongside them and do as they do. I was a bit scared to apply and never thought in a million years that I would be picked.
Have you done anything like this before?
Not like this, no, but I did take part in a boxing event for Cancer Research. I trained for eight weeks to fight, so that was pretty tough going. Unfortunately I did lose my fight but I won the challenge, and I’m proud that I took part.
How are you preparing for the physical demands?
I joined a gym and am attending two classes an evening, and also walking at the weekends. I am off to the Brecon Beacons at the beginning of February for a training weekend too.
And how is the fundraising going?
Great. I’ve had such fantastic support from my colleagues across PAC, with activities and events including cake and book sales, Tough Mudder and a zip wire challenge, and of course everyone’s generous donations. I can’t thank them enough.
How far away are you from your fundraising target?
My target is £3,500 and so far I’ve raised £1,600. There are a few things planned for February, so hoping that will bump it up.
What’s been the best thing about signing up for this?
It’s just a great opportunity. I’ve always got a lot out of doing charity work and this one is a real bonus – not only are we helping a poor community in Vietnam but we are also raising funds for The Springboard UK Charity.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to the whole trek from start to finish. I think it will be a life changing experience and I cannot wait.
What advice would you offer to anyone considering a similar personal challenge?
You only live once and when an opportunity presents itself, grab it with both hands.
If you would like to support Ashley with sponsorship for this exciting trip then visit her fundraising page.
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