THREE Swansea graduates, who set up the Help Us Learn charity, held their first fundraising event recently, taking a team of Hendrefoelan Student Village staff and residents on the welsh Three Peaks Challenge.
The challenge includes hiking Snowdonia, Cadair Idris and Pen Yr Fan in Wales in a set time limit.
The 15 team members managed to complete the challenge in 15 hours and raised a substantial amount, which is yet to be confirmed, for the charity.
The organiser, 22-year-old Adam Robinson, is a Public Media Relations graduate who runs the Hendroefvillage pub, The Wonky Sheep.
“Help Us Learn was set up by me and two of my friends and the charities aim is to do extreme fundraising events in order to achieve change for children’s education in some of the poorest countries in the world.
“For this fundraiser, we set a maximum time limit of 15 hours to complete the challenge but everyone smashed that. The quickest time was 10 hours and 25 minutes.
On the day of the challenge, April 21, the weather became an issue for the team.
Snowdon is the easiest of the three mountains that are involved in the national three peak challenge.
Despite this, an easy walk can turn into a very enduring mountaineering expedition without the correct equipment and preperation.
During Winter the weather can get extreme and only highly experienced climbers are advised to attempt it.
“With age ranges from 18-47, there were some difficulties with ability along the way. We had minus four blizzard conditions and we had heard news that an independent climber had to be rescued from
“One female climber had a slower pace than some of us, but we stuck with her and got back on schedule.
“When we reached our finished climb, it was such a relief. Everyone said that it was such a great achievement and some climbers new motto is ‘Never again!’”