October Update from EMP

The Headlines

  • Join us on Wednesday the 28th of October for an evening with inspirational speaker – Mark Beaumont – the ultra-endurance adventurer who cycled round the world in 80 days – Tickets Here 
  •  A huge thank for the success of our last event “Footnotes Of An Adventurer” with Alasdair Humpreys which raised over £4,000!
  • News from Ethiopia and what you can do to help.

Recap of Recent Events

At the start of lockdown, we launched our ‘Footnotes Of An Adventurer’ virtual speaker series with adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys.

One of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year Humphreys has completed several walking adventures – having walked across southern India, 1,000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert as well as busking across Spain with a violin.We asked Alastair if he could talk to us about his walking adventures as walking is dear to our hearts at EMP. We know the healing power of walking with many Camino de Santiago fans in our ranks and because we see so many people struggle to walk who suffer from Podoconiosis at our Buccama Health Centre because of the pain from the swellings and sores.Those who joined our first virtual speaker event heard Alastair regale us with his adventure stories, found out how an explorer handles lockdown, and he even treated us to a rendition of the Muppets theme tune on his violin…!

The event raised awareness of our little charity and also much-needed funds to help us continue to secure the future of our Buccama Health Centre.

A Sepcial Thanks to Our Sponsors

We were supported on the evening by the walking and cycling travel company Follow The Camino. Each ticket came with a €50 Euro travel voucher for Follow The Camino or its sister company One Foot Abroad.
If you were a ticket buyer, thank you, and you can find out more here

World Record Holder – Mark Beaumont

Over the coming months when so much is unknown – what we do know is that most of us will still be able to get out for a walk or onto our bike.

So to inspire us to get off the couch we are very excited to announce that our next guest speaker will be record-breaking round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Mark who was born in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, at just twelve years old cycled across Scotland from Dundee to Oban. A few years later, while still at school he completed the 1,000-mile solo ride across Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

His next long-distance ride took him the length of Italy from Sicily to the Alps, a journey of 1,336 miles, helping to raise £50,000 for charity. After graduating from Glasgow University, he decided to devote himself full time to endurance adventurers. And in 2017, Mark made history pedalling through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes after setting off on a mission to cycle the globe in under 80 days.

Join us on Wednesday 28 October at 8pm to hear about Mark’s remarkable, kaleidoscopic tour of the world that redefines the limits of human endurance.

Tickets are £10 and available at Eventbrite.com


News from Ethiopia

Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP) is dedicated to supporting Buccama Health Centre in rural Ethiopia. The charity focuses on preventing, raising awareness and treating Podoconiosis and Uterine Prolapse. Both these widespread conditions carry a social stigma with sufferers reporting being ostracised from their families and communities. Yet both conditions can be treated, and in many cases reversed, with some simple treatments.

In recent years Ethiopia has been plagued with drought and locusts and now Covid19. Buccama Health Centre, has been affected by all these things plus the deprivation of being deeply rural and away from most of the centres of wealth, employment and development. As we have seen all over the world, Covid19 has had a devastating knock on effect on the care available for various health conditions. We have reason to hope for our small corner of Ethiopia as we have recently received news that operations which had been on hold for the worst cases of Prolapse have now resumed.

Covid-19 has got in the way of our work. The people need so much and have so little and the little that they have is being sorely challenged at the moment.

Ethiopia Medical Project’s work must go and we shall find a way.