RNIB Director of Engagement, Fazilet Hadi and RNIB Chair, Kevin Carey, both registered blind, took on the challenge alongside RNIB Director of Fundraising, Wanda Hamilton to help the charity continue to provide support to blind and partially sighted people.
Earlier this month, Fazilet, Kevin and Wanda faced the challenge of a lifetime, trekking across the wild Icelandic landscape to raise funds for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). They were part of a team of over 30 trekkers, of whom 11 are blind or partially sighted.
Along with fellow Team RNIB trekkers, Fazilet, Kevin and Wanda covered 37 kilometres, navigating narrow mountain paths, crossing fast-flowing rivers and lava fields and exploring dramatic volcanic valleys.
Tackling the challenging terrain was made all the more difficult for Fazilet and Kevin and many of the team due to their sight loss. Fazilet started to lose her sight at the age of 9, and experienced further deterioration through her teenage years and beyond. She is registered blind, and took on the challenge to give something back to RNIB.
Kevin went completely blind in his mid-20s and since then, has been a passionate campaigner and advocate for the rights of blind and partially sighted people, taking up his current position as Chair of RNIB in 2009.
Speaking about her experiences, Fazilet said: “I was expecting the trek to be tough, but it really tested us all, with the whole group tackling river crossings and sharp descents in hailstorms and gale force winds. My fellow trekkers were wonderful, keeping me going and reaffirming my belief that you can achieve incredible things when you have the right support.”
Kevin said: “It’s no exaggeration to say that the trek was a life-changing experience for all involved. Together we battled against the elements to cross rivers and lava fields and trek down into volcanic valleys – experiences I’ll never forget. If you’re looking for a challenge for a good cause, join Team RNIB and take on the next Iceland trek in March 2017.”
Following the success of the event, RNIB has launched a second Iceland Trek taking place from 23-27 March 2017. Trekkers will have a fundraising target of £2,450 and will be supported by RNIB’s dedicated fundraising team every step of the way.
To find out more or to sign up, visit www.rnib.org.uk/icelandtrek