Not long now until the Patagonia Plodders set off to trek across the Icefields of Patagonia in South America to raise money for clean water in East Africa.
Sue Viner is one of the team members taking on this challenge, and we thought we’d get to know her a little bit better…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am currently taking a year out of full time teaching to give myself some space and time to think about what direction I want to go next.
In the past I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, lived on the top of a mountain in Guatemala for nine months helping to build a drinking water system and trekked in Romania to raise money for a hospice there, however, I was quite a bit younger when I did all that!
When did you first get involved in Fields of Life and why?
I spent a number of years working in East Africa so that part of the world is very special to me. Several friends introduced me to Fields of Life and I was really impressed with the work it undertakes to change lives and bring hope through providing quality education, clean water, and other valuable community based projects across six countries in East Africa.
Why did you decide to do the Patagonia Trek?
I am a geographer and remember learning about Patagonia at school. I decided that it was a part of the world I would definitely like to explore one day – the Icefields Trek was too good an opportunity to pass up!
What are you most looking forward to?
Experiencing the incredible landscapes in that remote part of the world, getting to know a great team of people and challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and make a difference.
What are you least looking forward to?
The early mornings!
What is the best advice you have received so far?
Enjoy every step of the journey!
If you would like to support the Patagonia Team as they raise vital funds for drilling wells in East Africa you can donate at www.justgiving.com/patagoniaplodders