Susan returns from charity trek

Susan Gadsby recently returned from Morocco, where she completed a charity trek and project work for Fighting Blindness. ‘Without doubt it was the toughest thing that I have ever undertaken in my life. The first two days were spent in blistering heat at a project set up by a Swedish woman to help educate disadvantaged kids and teach them about ecology. We planted a hundred trees, a number of herb beds and rows of vegetables. We then labelled the plants. ‘The next three days were spent trekking over the high Atlas mountains. Even the experienced trekkers said it was one the toughest treks they had been on. We were led by an extremely patient Berber guide and the muleteers went on ahead with our bags and prepared lunch for us. They were all wonderful people. The trek included navigating rocky riverbeds, ravines and narrow tracks which led us through remote villages with walnut groves and irrigation channels. Our highest point was just under three thousand metres and then we descended on this steep scree slope. We spent two nights in Gites, one of which was really rough but with spectacular views. ‘In my mind it is without doubt the best way to see and experience the real people and their beautiful country. It was an experience which left me totally exhausted but one that I will never forget. I still need €700 to reach my target, any donations would be gratefully received which you can send to Susan Gadsby, King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Many thanks from the children and ‘Fighting Blindness’ to those people who have generously donated.’