ACWA Services conquer mountain for WaterAid
27 June 2011, News release from ACWA Services
A group of keen climbers from ACWA Services Ltd in Skipton have donned their boots and raised vital funds for some of the world's poorest people by taking on Bera Mawr in Snowdonia for the 2011 WaterAid Corbett Challenge.
The Corbett Challenge aimed to put a team on the summit of all 312 UK 'Corbetts' which are peaks between 2500 and 3000 feet, between 11am and 3pm on the same day in June.
The ACWA team which included Managing Director, Peter Ripley, climbed Bera Mawr, part of the Carneddau range for the event, raising over £1000 for WaterAid's work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities. Around the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe water and 2.6 billion have to cope without adequate sanitation.
Teams of climbers from across the UK took on the challenge, climbing peaks ranging from well-known favourites such as The Cobbler in Scotland and Cadair Idris in Snowdonia to the spectacular and remote Corbetts of the Scottish islands.
Peter Ripley said: "We had a fantastic day climbing Bera Mawr and 3 other bigger peaks. We're thrilled that by taking on this personal challenge we've been able to raise over £1000 to help WaterAid give some of the poorest people in the world better access to clean water - a basic need that we are lucky enough to take for granted."
Although Bera Mawr (meaning Big Stack) is only 2605ft there were two tough pieces to negotiate. The first was near the beginning where it is necessary to get above the famous Aber Waterfall. This can only be achieved by scrambling across a scree and then across a cliff adjacent to the falls. This was made worse by having to cross the cliff in a hailstorm.
The second difficult part is the summit where you have to first cross mossy and wobbly stones and then climb up vertical loose rocks to the summit - hence the mountain's name.
Rebecca Poyntz, Event Fundraising Manager at WaterAid, says: "It costs just £15 to transform one person's life with access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation, so the money raised by ACWA will help WaterAid make a real difference. We'd like to thank them for their enthusiasm and dedication in taking on Bera Mawr for the WaterAid Corbett Challenge."
There's still time to sponsor the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please email ACWA Services