Eight like-minded woman from various walks of life have decided to take on a challenge that will push them to the limit physically, emotionally & mentally.
In March this year, the Åtte HUSKYteers will spend six days & nights enduring temperatures as low as – 30°, living, eating & sleeping in the frozen wilderness of the Arctic whilst tending to & driving their own team of Huskies 285km from Norway to Sweden.
Before setting off on their expedition, the team will be shown all the specialist equipment and given a short briefing on how to drive the dogs and set up camp on the trail. They’ll be introduced to their dog teams and take a short trip of about 10-15km to put into practice their new dog sledding and camp building skills.
On the first day of their expedition, they will set off from TromsØ in Norway following the route below, before ending their journey in Kiruna in Sweden.
Day One – Signal Valley to Three-Nation Border – 30km
Day Two – Three-Nation Border to Keinovopio – 55km
Day Three – Keinovopio to Kamas – 75km
Day Four – Kamas to Camp 4 – 55km
Day Five – Camp 4 to Ice Hotel, Kiruna – 60km
As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, these dedicated ladies have also given themselves the goal of raising £100,000 for charitable causes they care about. The money raised will be split between four charities and Age Scotland is delighted to have been chosen as one of their four.
Team member Amanda Wiewiorka put forward Age Scotland as one of the nominated charities after
experiencing first-hand how loneliness can impact older people in Scotland and seeing what we to do to help.
Amanda witnessed with both her father and her mother-in-law that despite having large families loneliness can still be an issue.
Amanda said ‘Families and society today has changed, people are busier and jobs and careers often mean families live further apart making it difficult for them to visit older relatives. Having someone older people can call for a chat or groups they can attend can make all the difference and it is important that we continue to raise the awareness of loneliness and the effects it can have mentally and physically on older people in Scotland’.
We are so grateful to Amanda and her fellow HUSKYteers for their support.
The trip itself is inspired by other team member Amanda Nisson’s mother Gill who had always wanted to go to the arctic and mush huskies, but sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer before she was able to. The team have a special member in her honour – Chilly Gilly, the team mascot.
Through sponsorships and fundraising events the Åtte HUSKYteers have been tirelessly raising money over the past year, including holding fashion shows, raft challenges and washing cars with Dundee Fire Service. They have already raised over 50,000 and their last push to reach their goal is their final fundraising event – a fabulous Arctic ball held at the Prestonfield House Hotel tomorrow night.
The Atte HUSKYteers set off on their adventure on the 12th March and we can’t thank these fabulous, driven ladies enough for all their efforts to support Age Scotland. They truly are an inspiration.
Read more of their story and sponsor their efforts by visiting their website: www.attehuskyteers.co.uk