Fancy a trek along the Via Fracigena in Italy or a climb of Scotland’s Ben Nevis in aid of Sophia Housing? If so, look no further! Sophia Housing, the organisation that provides accommodation and support to vulnerable families and individuals at risk of homelessness, is looking for a team to participate in its inaugural fundraising walk of the last 100k of the Via Francigena, from 21st to 28th May next.
Participants will take in the stunning sights of Vetralla, Sutri, Lazio, Campagano di Roma, Isola Farnese, The Appian Way and Rome. The fantastic intinery includes:
• Return flights from Dublin to Rome
• Bus transfers
• Twin room accommodation
• Half board (breakfast and evening meals)
• Expert tour guide and Sophia Housing representative
• 6 nights, 7 days (5 days walking).
To join us on this amazing trip, Sophia is asking participants to raise €2,000 in sponsorship per person or €3,600 per couple.
The Via Francigena is the common name of an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome. It was not a single road, it actually comprised of several routes that changed over the centuries along with trade and pilgrimage. Depending on the time of year, the political situation, and the relative popularity of the shrines of the saints situated along the route, travellers may have used any of the three or four crossings of the Alps and the Apennines. Sophia’s trek will take participants through the last 100kms of the Via Francigena, starting in medieval Viterbo and finishing in Rome. Each participant will receive a ‘Testimonium’ of pilgrimage to the Eternal City.
If you’d prefer to join Sophia on the iconic Ben Nevis Trek from 4th – 7th July next, exploring the fabulous Scottish countryside and reaching the highest point in Great Britain, then this might be the event for you. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €995.
Funds raised will help Sophia Housing continue to provide housing and support to marginalised families and individuals who, for any number of reasons, find themselves out of their own home.
To find out more, or to register for a fundraising pack for either of these trips please email [email protected] For updates please like Sophia on Facebook or follow on Twitter @sophia_housing, or visit www.sophia.ie.
Pictured: Jeremy Perrin from FrancigenaWays.com, adventurer Teena Gates and Claire O’Mahony project manager of Sophia Cork.