Trek for Kids

Trek for Kids is an initiative from the GSK and Save the Children partnership.  In March 2019  forty GSK trekkers, from around the world, will climb Ras Dashen to raise money for Save the Children.

About the trek

In March 2019, 40 GSK employees from around the world will trek the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia to the 4,550m summit of Ras Dashen, to raise money for Save the Children.

Each trekker has committed to raise £4,550, which will be a total of £183,000 and every penny raised will be matched by GSK. During their trip the trekkers will also visit and learn about some of Save the Children’s work in Ethiopia.

The Trek for Kids challenge is part of GSK’s internal employee engagement programme, Orange United. Through Orange United, GSK employees contribute their time, expertise and enthusiasm to support the partnership with Save the Children by volunteering and fundraising.

The Trek at a glance

Day 1
Arrive at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city

Day 2
Fly to Gondar and then drive to Debark. Trekkers will then commence on a 3-hour trek to Sankaber campsite reaching 3200 metres

Day 3
Continue on a 3 hour trek to Geech camp

Day 4
Acclimatisation trek to Imet Gogo

Day 5
Carry on for a further 12 kilometres over 6 hours to the next camp, Chenek

Day 6
Trekkers will then endure a 10 hour trek travelling 16 kilometres to Ambiko

Day 7
After 12 hours, the 40 trekkers will reach the summit of Ras Dashen, peak altitude of 4533 metres

Day 8
Trek to Chiro Leba for over 6 hours and then drive to Gondar

Day 9
Save the Children community visit

Day 10
Fly to Addis Ababa

Day 11
Depart Addis Ababa, fly home