Join El Camino de Santiago trek and raise funds for Junior Achievement

Monday 2 September 2019

Manx charity Junior Achievement is offering a unique way of raising funds to support its work in the islands schools. Members of the public are being invited to participate in a six-day charity trek in October 2020 that follows one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world, El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) in northern Spain.  The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores.

The trek will take place from 23rd to 30th October, 2020 and is open to anyone aged 16+ with no upper age limit.

JA chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘Over thousands of years millions of pilgrims have walked El Camino de Santiago and now we’re offering people in the Isle of Man a chance to follow in their footsteps and come with us on a journey of a lifetime.

I participated in a trek to the Great Wall of China and will also be taking part in the El Camino trek.  I was a complete novice and any for me it was life changing.

Whilst the El Camino is a pilgrimage walk we are doing this to raise funds for the charity it is not associated with any religious group. I would encourage anyone who wants to learn more about this trek to come along to the presentation on 18th September.’

Once again Junior Achievement has partnered with a professional challenge specialists, Ultimate Challenges, who have previously organised a China and Vietnam trek on behalf of the charity.

The El Camino de Santiago trek will be from October 23 to 30, 2020. For people interested in finding out more about the trip representatives from Ultimate Challenges will be giving two presentations on Wednesday September 18: at 1pm and again at 6pm in Douglas.

To book a space on one of the presentation sessions call 666266 or email jo.pack@jaiom.im.

Alternatively, those ready to sign up for the trek should visit jaiom.im/events and follow the link.