Islanders are taking part in a round-Island endurance event at the weekend to raise funds for the Silkworth Charity Group.
The first Silkworth Extreme Team Challenge takes place on Saturday 6 September in all 12 parishes, to reflect the ‘12 Step’ recovery programme used by the charity to help those who suffer with drug and/or alcohol addiction free themselves from substance dependency as the first step to a life of recovery.
It will begin at dawn with a coasteering leg from Grève de Lecq to Devil’s Hole and continue in relay stages throughout the day to finish back at the startby sunset. In addition to coasteering, the ten stages will take place at sea, along cliff paths and on roads as competitors compete by running, cycling, swimming and kayaking.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Silkworth Charity Group, Jason Wyse, says the purpose of the event is to raise funds for the charity and also to raise awareness of the vital work it does helping to rebuild lives, families and relationships devastated by substance abuse.
‘Everyone at Silkworth is looking forward to Saturday and we wish all the teams the very best of luck. It may be a cliché to say “it is not the winning but the taking part that matters” but the Silkworth Challenge is a real test of fitness, endurance and teamwork so each competitor should be proud of what they achieve on the day.
‘But the best thing about taking part in that they will be helping to raise awareness thatdrinking too much or becoming a habitual drug user causes harm not just to the addict but also for their loved ones. However, It is an illness that can be, and is, treated successfully.’
The challenge is being led by Kazz Padidar of Wild Adventures, a local adventure company that provides adventure activities in Jersey as well as overseas. The event is limited to 15 teams of ten competitors with support teams and vehicles. It begins at 6.30 am and the last competitor is expected to finish about 7 pm.
Mr Padidar – who also designed each stage – sayswhy travel across the world to undertake a charity challenge when Jersey can offer an exhilarating variety of testing activities in equally stunning locations, while also helping a very good cause.
He said: ‘Putting the challenge together has been a privilege for me and Saturday promises to be an amazing day. After more than a year in the planning I cannot wait to lead the competitors into the sea for the coasteering stage. Without the support of so many people including the parishes, emergency services, States departments, sports clubs and Vingtenier Mitch Couriard it wouldn’t be happening so we are grateful to them all.’
The winning team will receive the Silkworth Extreme Team Challenge Overall Winner trophy with each team member receiving a gold medal. There will be silver medals for the team that come second and bronze for the team members that finish in third.
There will also be a trophy for the individual competitor who raises the most funds together with an overnight stay at a local hotel as a prize. In addition, there will also be a trophy for the team that raises the most money.