Walk the Great Wall to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease
Being diagnosed with MND changes the lives of everyone involved, not just the person with MND. It is incurable and as the disease progresses, you are forced to accept one loss after the other; losses such as the ability to walk, hold a cup, shower unaided and even talk to those you love.
Each day in Australia, two people are diagnosed and two people will die from motor neurone disease. MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease, and it can strike anyone. So what can you do? You can join us on our Great Wall of China Walk to D’feet MND.
Over five days you will challenge yourself like never before as you trek on remote and unrestored paths, between mountains, through local villages and across rolling farmlands. With the support of our expert guides, you’ll explore the many facets of the Great Wall, deciphering the ancient stories and poems etched into its watchtowers, every brick seeming to tell a story of war and adventure.
You will also get to explore the contrasting personality of Beijing, immerse yourself in the ancient history of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, and experience the poignancy of Tiananmen Square.
Best of all, you’ll positively impact Victorians living with MND by helping MND Victoria provide them the best possible care and support.
Join us today, because until there’s a cure … there’s care.
Walk the Great Wall to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease
MND is terminal and there is no remission. Suddenly you must get used to new ways of doing the day-to-day tasks previously taken for granted. These changes can be overwhelming for people struggling to establish a routine, especially when they have young children, or it’s their elderly parent who has been diagnosed.
As well as the physical impact, MND impacts families emotionally and financially. MND is a very expensive disease, as needs are high and often short term. It can cost up to $65,000 to purchase all the equipment someone with MND might need during the course of their disease.
MND Victoria takes this huge expense away by lending, at no cost to the individual or family, disability aids and equipment to address the needs created by MND. To support our equipment service, we need to purchase new and replacement equipment to ensure that we have the very latest and best to lend and requests can be filled promptly.
By taking part in this Great Wall of China Walk to D’feet MND, you will be helping the 400 Victorians living with MND every day. Your participation will have a significant positive impact on the lives of people with MND. Your funds could:
- $40 can buy a new bed stick
- $55 can buy a new bed cradle
- $130 can buy a new nebulizer
- $235 can buy a new over bed table
- $250 – $500 can buy a new ramp
- $1,000 can buy a new manual wheel chair
- $2,200 can buy a new electric riser chair
- $15,000 can buy a new tilt-in-space power wheel chair
Walk the Great Wall to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease
Dates: 2 –12 September 2017
Registration fee: $770 (non-refundable)
Fundraising target: $3,500 (excludes travel)
Travel cost: $4,950*, including taxes
Trip duration: 11 days
Challenge duration: 5 days
Accommodation: Twin-share in 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses
Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)
*Subject to change
Day 1: Sunday, 3rd September 2017
Day 1 saw our team of trekkers embrace and learn about the culture and history of China. Starting at Tiananmen Square and making their way through the Forbidden City which served as the Chinese Imperial Palace for 600 years during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The team enjoyed a Tai Chi lesson in the afternoon by an amazing instructor who certainly brought the best out of the trekkers. The day was topped off with an amazing acrobat show and superb traditional food.
Day 2: Monday, 4th September 2017
Before hitting the wall tomorrow our trekkers enjoyed the sights of old China. They began at the Temple of Heaven where our trekkers learnt that playing with over 65’s in China was a challenge. There is a great fitness area free to over 65’s which saw them all exercising and having a lovely social chat at the same time. Good for the body mind and soul. The group then had a traditional tea ceremony and were shown how to make dumplings which were all eaten for lunch.
Not only did they enjoy a drum ceremony and rickshaw ride in the afternoon but the highlight of the day was visiting a local man who had a passion for cricket fighting. That’s right crickets. Who knew there are people in the world that pay $10 000US for a cricket that lives 100 days and if they lose the cricket gets stomped on!
Day 3: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
The city towers and smog were left behind the group today as they headed out of the city. The high rises were soon replaced by hills and countryside and the trekkers were excited to finally get the glimpse of the Great Wall.
The group decided that there must have been tall and short people build the wall and they soon found out the different depths of stairs … some big and some little steps.
Yesterday it was crickets today we learnt that you can have sweet potato chips with toffee poured over them and dip them in water to set the toffee then eat the hot chip. An interesting combination but it worked.
Day 4: Wednesday, 6th September 2017
Another day of great adventures on the Great Wall. The group trekked across an unrestored section of the wall where you felt you were up amongst the clouds and the views of the mountains were spectacular. The group enjoyed lunch in a watch tower before making their way back down the wall and into Gubeikou Town.
The group were truly inspired over the sheer size of the wall and the amazing job back in the era to actually build this man made wonder.
The group also enjoyed learning and participating in the art of paper cutting which needs patience and skill.
Day 5: Thursday, 7th September 2017
Today saw our group go to the amazing Simatai section of the wall. It was a restored section which saw our trekkers greeted with steps into the clouds. One tower after the other the team were greeted with an incline of steps or ramps which made it challenging in itself.
As you greeted each tower you were treated to even spectacular views at each rise. The hard work then turned to a easy stroll back down to the water city where they enjoyed a fantastic lunch and well deserved rest.
Day 6: Friday, 8th September 2017
The group had a cracker of a day with a hike that was a little over 10km. It started in the farmlands and rose steeply through the mountains before hitting the wall with some spectacular views. Following the broken sections of the wall it soon turned into a beautifully restored price of wonderland.
The team was pleased they were going down this section instead of up with one section having over 640 stairs to contend with. The group all flew down the last section of the wall to the bottom courtesy of the toboggan ride.
After a sensational dinner, they finished the night with a relaxing massage.
Day 7: Saturday, 9th September 2017
Last day of trekking the wall today saw the group head to a fully restored section. This section was an important gate and had a military camp stationed in the middle of it back in its day.
Still, plenty of stairs and sights to see before they headed back into to the city madness.
Of course! We have had adventurers aged 16 to 84 take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of adventure.
Our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. What better motivation is there to get fit than knowing you are doing it for an important cause!
Upon registration, we will send you an Adventure Pack filled with advice and resources on preparing for your adventure. While fundraising and fitness are your responsibility, our expert team is here to guide you to the finish line.
Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers and charity via email, phone and social media. We will also organise a get-together evening for everyone prior to departure (geography permitting).
Let’s break it down. The cost of participating in an Inspired Adventure includes:
1. The registration fee $770 is required to confirm your spot (non-refundable).
2. The travel cost is broken into 3 easy payments – Your travel deposit must be paid six weeks after registration. The full balance is paid in two instalments, six months and three months prior to departure. The travel price is quoted at $4,950*.
*Travel cost quoted price is subject to change
Past adventurers have successfully fundraised in many creative and fun ways. As soon as you register, your dedicated fundraising team will work with you to create a comprehensive fundraising plan and help you set up your online page. One of our fundraising coaches will contact you regularly with ideas, advice, encouragement—and plenty of inspiration!
For many of our fundraisers, achieving their fundraising target is as simple as reaching out to family, friends, networks and their community. From fundraising classics such as trivia nights, movie nights and sausage sizzles, to more out-of-the-box fundraising ideas, your fundraising coach is on hand to help you develop and implement the best ideas to ensure you reach your goal.
- Return international flights (as per itinerary)
- All transfers as per itinerary in private vehicles
- Twin-share accommodation in 2-3 star hotels
- Inspired Adventures Team Leader
- Local English-speaking guides
- All meals as per itinerary
- Bottled water on trekking days
- All entrance fees and permits as per itinerary
- Domestic flight to Australian departure city (if required)
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Meals and drinks (excluding water) not mentioned in itinerary
- Services, excursions or activities not mentioned in itinerary
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–70 and older take part in our charity challenges, all united by their sense of adventure.
This adventure is ranked 3/5 (moderate).
While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. Great Wall of China Walk to D’feet MND is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.
We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, running, cycling and stair climbing will all strengthen your legs and improve stamina.
1. Enter your details in the form above to receive your information pack and booking form.
2. Complete and return the booking form to us at the email or fax on the form.
3. Or just give us a call on 1 300 905 188