17 February 2016

The International Department will be hosting two challenge events in 2016; London to Paris Tour de France Cycle Ride (20-24 July 2016) and the Sahara Desert Trek (22-29 October 2016).

This eight day trip will take members through the vast desert and sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. With a team of local Berber guides and some camels (as well as a 4x4 support vehicle) members will trek each day through the dunes and camp each night under the stars in the Moroccan wilds. At the end of the challenge members will have the chance to take in the markets, palaces and gardens of the city, before enjoying a big celebratory meal next to the main square.
This challenge will be run by World Expeditions, who have experience of working with other medical royal colleges. In January 2016 the company will be taking 50 members of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) up Mount Kilimanjaro to spread awareness of their work and to generate over £40,000 each for their respective causes.
For further information and an overview of the challenge costs, please refer to the brochure below:

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The costs for this challenge are dependent upon the number of members who register, for example:

15 - 20 paying participants = £920*
21 - 35 paying participants = £875*
*Please note that these quotes are based on current land and air prices as of November 2015 and are subject to change until trip is secured with the agreed deposit.
In order to secure your place on this challenge, each participant will be required to pay a registration fee of £250

Option A: Raising a Minimum Sponsorship
Each participant will be required to pay a deposit of £250 to World Expeditions and raise the minimum sponsorship of £1500 for the College. 

In order to secure your place on the challenge, you must have raised at least 80% of the sponsorship (£1200) by Monday 8 August 2016. If you have raised at least this amount (£1200), the College will cover your challenge cost. If you have not raised this amount, then you will be required to top up the amount yourself or your place on the challenge may be at risk. All outstanding sponsorship must be sent to the College within 6 weeks of completing the challenge. 

Option B: Self-funding 
Each participant will be required to pay a deposit of £250 to World Expeditions. 10 weeks prior to the challenge departure World Expeditions will invoice you directly for the remaining challenge costs £670/£625*. This must be payable no later than Monday 22 August 2016. There is no minimum sponsorship required and participants will be encouraged to fundraise for the College. 

Further information on this challenge can be found in the International section of the website. 

To sign up for this challenge, please send a cheque for £250 payable to World Expeditions Ltd at the address below. Please add the reference 'RCPATH'. 
World Expeditions Ltd
1B Osiers Road
SW18 1NL

All participants must also complete and submit the booking form below to World Expeditions. 

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Alternatively, you can also make a payment over the phone to Miss Jenny Holland, World Expeditions (tel: 020 8875 5063).

The deadline to register for this challenge is Friday 25 March 2016.

Please feel free to contact me Gemma Hooley, International Administrator if you have any further questions.