Tuesday 1 April 2014

On Your Marks For The Great Ethiopian Adventure

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and World Expeditions have collaborated to offer Australian running and philanthropic enthusiasts a never-before experienced Ethiopian adventure.

This unique travel opportunity will see 20 participants take part in the challenging 10km Great Ethiopian Run (also known as the 10km International) as part of an intimate tour of Ethiopia and a rare opportunity to visit Dr Catherine Hamlin’s local hospital facilities.
DrCatherineHamlinACThe Great Ethiopian Adventure will depart Sydney on 9 November, returning on 25 November, 2014, and will help Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia raise vital funds to support the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia to cure, treat and prevent obstetric fistula in Ethiopian women.
With only 20 places available, each participant is required to raise a minimum of $10,000 for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) in order to take part and each team member covers their own travel expenses of $6,550 + $200 registration fee.
“After years of our supporters asking to visit Dr Hamlin and her facilities in Ethiopia, we have finally able to offer this tour format with World Expeditions as our partners,” said Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) CEO, Lucy Perry.
“The team is incredibly excited and if all goes well, we hope to raise close to $250,000 which will completely cover all medical expenses for one of our regional facilities for a year,” Perry said
“The best attribute of this trip is that it showcases the cultural riches of Ethiopia and the positive change we can make in women’s lives in this incredible part of the world,” Perry said.
In addition to participating in the 10km Great Ethiopian Run, the trip will visit the ancient Ethiopian Mursi, Hamer and Karo tribes, experience unprecedented access to the famous Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and one of its regional centres, and see the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, the training and reintegration centre for long term patients, in full swing.
Day 1 – Depart Australia flying Emirates
Day 2 – Arrive in Addis Ababa
Day 3 – Visit the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and meet with staff
Day 4 – Fly to Arba Minch
Day 5 – Lake Chamo boat trip and visit Dorze village
Day 6 – Drive to Jinka en-route Konso
Day 7 – Drive to Turmi, onroute visit Mursi village and Dimeka market
Day 8 – Visit Karo and Hammer village
Day 9 – Visit Omorate village and drive to Konso
Day 10 – Drive from Konso to Yirgalem
Day 11 – Visit Yirgelam Hamlin Fistula Centre
Day 12 – Drive to Addis Ababa via Shahemane (Rasta village)
Day 13 – Visit the Hamlin College of Midwives
Day 14 – Visit Entoto Mountain and Desta Mender, Hamlin training centre
Day 15 – Compete in the Great Ethiopian Run!
Day 16 – Depart Addis Ababa
Day 17 – Arrive Australia
“Raising $10,000 will pay for 16 fistula operations to treat and/or cure a patient, or it could go towards the training of a student at the Hamlin College of Midwives. Either way it will make an enormous difference to the lives of these women, their families and communities,” Perry said.
Interested parties can attend the Sydney Great Ethiopian Adventure Information night on 1 April 2014 at 6pm, at World Expeditions offices, Level 5, 71 York Street, Sydney. For more information or to register, visit

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