Take the Silkworth Challenge and help Islanders beat addiction

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Islanders are being invited to take part in a round-Island endurance event 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 that 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 on the north coast and continue in ten relay stages throughout the day to include running, cycling, canoeing, swimming and kayaking over ten stages back to Grève de Lecq for sunset. It will take place at sea, along cliff paths and on roads.

The challenge is open to a maximum of 15 teams of up to ten competitors with support teams and vehicles.

Anyone who wants to take the Silkworth Challenge is invited to attend a presentation evening at the Royal Yacht Hotel from 6 pm on Thursday 27 March.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Silkworth Charity Group, Jason Wyse, said: ‘The purpose of the event is to raise funds for our work and also to raise the profile of Silkworth Charity Group in its vital work helping to rebuild lives, families and relationships devastated by substance abuse.

‘It has been designed to test each competitor’s endurance and fitness and their team’s ability to work together to achieve a common goal. This is the ethos that underpins our work every day as we help Islanders to recover from addiction and to lead lives free from substance abuse – for their well- being, the peace of mind of their families and for the benefit of the Island community.’

The challenge will be led by Kazz Padidar of Wild Adventures a local adventure company that provides adventure activities in Jersey as well as overseas.

Mr Padidar who also designed each stage says why 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. And, there is no long distance travel or need for accommodation costs as the challenge takes place in Jersey and at the weekend.

He said: ‘Our Island is a playground for the adventure enthusiast with an amazing variety of outdoor pursuits to choose from and the locations to do them in.  Overcoming our fears, and challenging ourselves, allows us to realise our full potential, just as the same determination helps addicts overcome substance abuse, which is why I am proud to help Silkworth in such a imaginative and original way.’

The closing date for entries is  6 June 2014 to allow teams to train and for competitors to attain the level of fitness expected of this type of multi-discipline activity.

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