As well as offering some of the finest guided walking holidays on the planet, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays also supports a number of charities throughout the world.These include the Youth Hostel Association, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Ramblers, showing that the company’s efforts are acknowledged by everyone across the age range from youth to maturity.
Their charitable initiative, Heart and Sole also supports projects in Morocco, Costa Rica, Cape Verde, South Africa, India, St Lucia and Malawi.
And, speaking of Malawi, one of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays’ Leaders, Adrian Flatt, has just returned from a trip to the country with 13 RWH clients which proved both emotional and immensely rewarding.
As part of RWH’s community project – Youth for Development and Productivity (Y.O.D.E.P.) – Adrian and his team arrived in the small village of Zomba in the heart of Malawi, bringing a gift of footballs and team shirts.Word had already preceded his arrival and he was greeted enthusiastically by youngsters who took no time in donning their ‘strip’ and launching into a hard fought match.
Adrian, the clients and other leaders of the Y.O.D.E.P.project said this sight “thrilled their hearts with bare-footed players driving the ball like cannon shots up and down the tiny pitch”.The project leaders, beaming with delight said “When you are so poor, you reach a condition of mind in which enthusiasm actually ceases to exist – you expect nothing, you do nothing and nothing ever happens – but, if you can generate a spark, even by nearly scoring a goal you can ignite a flame which drives one to strive for better things.By just that rare moment of enthusiasm and hope, a person may even be saved from poverty!”
When it was time to go, Adrian was saddened to leave with a crowd of young, smiling people in ragged clothes running after the departing vehicle which was consumed in a cloud of dust.
For further information contact Helen Nelson – charity coordinator of
Heart & Sole : helenn@ramblersholidays
Award-winning Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have been established since 1946 and are the experts in guided walking adventures.
The company now operates 250 holidays in 70 countries.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays offer a range of graded walks from leisurely to challenging.
Their portfolio also includes specialist holidays linked to walking such as, cooking, cruising, birdwatching, rail journeys and flora.
A range of walking grades are available from leisurely strolls to more challenging mountain hikes.
Alongside their traditional guided walking proposition, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays provide independent, self-guided UK walking adventures via their Load Off Your Back programme www.loadoffyourback.co.uk
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays are fully protected for their customers as members of ABTA, AITO & ATOL scheme.
The operator is a not-for-profit company and contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust which supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole - an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited.
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which is driving this summer’s Big Pathwatch project, to the ‘rights of way’ network across England and Wales which stretches for 140 thousand miles.