Camino Trek

Camino Trek - Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 September 2018

Walk the Camino for AWARE

Date: 22 – 29 September 2018 Distance: 111km Duration: 7 days Route: Along the French Way – Sarria to Santiago

About The Route

The French Way or Camino Francés (#caminofrances) is the most famous of all the Camino de Santiago routes, featuring in many documentaries, books and movies such as ‘The Way’.

The last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago is also the most social part of the route, where you will meet many fellow trekkers and find the real spirit and camaraderie of the Camino!

Your Support

AWARE relies on the funds generously raised through campaigns such as the Camino walk to deliver our free of charge support, education and information services. Your support can help fund services offered by AWARE which provide a safe space where even the most difficult and upsetting thoughts and feelings associated with depression or bipolar disorder can be acknowledged and shared. Our education programmes focus on actions that can improve their situation and alleviate some of their symptoms.

How to Register

Step 1.

Contact Lesley Wright, Community & Fundraising Officer on E: lesley@aware-ni.org or T: 07825 589 347 to pay a booking deposit of £100.

Step 2.

Book your flights - the sooner you book your flights, the cheaper they will be!

Step 3.

Fundraise for AWARE. As part of the trek, each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £800 for AWARE. We suggest you commence your fundraising as soon as possible.

The simplest and most secure way to fundraise is setting up an online fundraising page, you can sign up at www.justgiving.com/AWARE or www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/awareni or https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ or download a sponsorship form.

All sponsorship must be received four weeks after the trek.

Step 4.

The cost for the listed items below to be paid on 1 June (the exact figure will depend on the size of the group) estimated between £700 - £750 and includes:

* Walking guide and ground assistance

* 7 night's accommodation in 3 star hotels/guesthouses

* Breakfast and dinner every day

* Airport transfers

* Luggage Transfers daily (1 piece)

Michael Nicholson decided to trek part of the Camino as a post-retirement challenge: "The Camino provided time to reflect on my own life and its direction at a time of change. The variety of age groups and backgrounds of my fellow pilgrims really made the experience. Everyone has their own reasons for doing the Camino - some spiritual, some in memory of someone they have lost.....others to enjoy nature and some who just enjoyed a good walk with or without the company of others. I was inspired along the way by the beautiful villages and architecture, diverse landscapes and plant life. I enjoyed meeting people from every continent and hearing their stories. The Camino will always stay with you!"

Information for Participants

If you would like further information about the walk, suggestions on what to bring and how to start a fitness plan, Camino Way have a selection of free eBooks to help get you started. If you would like to take part in any of the walks organised by Camino Way in advance of the trip, further details can be found here. In the meantime, don’t forget if you’re buying new walking shoes or boots purchase them at least 8 to 10 weeks in advance so you have a chance to break them in.

Download itinerary.

Fundraising & team support

Your fundraising support will be Lesley Wright who can be contacted on 078 2558 9347 or lesley@aware-ni.org