Sydney family trekking trio keen to make a difference in Myanmar
When Matthew Clark (centre) returns to school after the Summer holidays he will have an incredible story to tell his classmates.
The 15-year-old from Roseville will head to Myanmar on January 30 with parents Vera and Stuart to take part in the Trek to Reach Out, a twelve-day adventure exploring the rugged landscape of a country steeped in history.
Together, the trio will celebrate Matthew’s 16th birthday in the trip’s final days, making the occasion extra special.
‘I think it’ll be cool to celebrate [my birthday] in another country,’ says the Hornsby Spiders basketballer, adding that he won’t be expecting gifts this year. ‘Giving to others is a good gift in itself.’
The Clarks are taking up the challenge—which is run by Catholic Mission and Inspired Adventures—to raise vital funds for children’s and community projects, some of which they will visit during their trip.
Matthew says he is intrigued by the contrast. ‘I’m keen to meet the kids and see how school in Myanmar compares to the “leafy North Shore”,’ he says.
Stuart agrees it will be an eye-opening experience. ‘Meeting and talking to children in need will be a challenge for me. I want to help people immediately, but I have to look at the bigger picture; it has to be done in a sustainable way. The funds we raise will sustain these programs.’
The idea to get involved came from Vera, a long-time supporter of Catholic Mission who was inspired by a friend working in international aid in Myanmar. ‘He highly recommended going to the country soon, before tourism really takes off and while it is still unspoiled,’ she says.
‘I wanted to join the Ride to Reach Out in Cambodia last year, but the timing was better this time around to travel and support Catholic Mission.’
Source: Catholic Mission