Cousins set for ten-day jungle expedition for autism charity
News | Rhys Williams | Published: 15:10, Monday April 1st, 2019.
Two cousins from Caerphilly County Borough will be taking part in a ten-day jungle expedition to raise money for an autism charity.
Adrianne De’ath from Trinant, near Crumlin, and Kelsey Watkins from Wyllie, both aged 36, will travel to Borneo on May 7.
They will be part of a group of around 20 people and will be hiking to the peak of Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia’s highest mountain at more than 4,000 metres above sea level.
The pair are aiming to raise £5,800 for Halcyon Training Foundation, which is an autism support charity based in Taffs Well.
During the expedition they will be faced with tasks such as jungle treks and white water rafting.
Ms Watkins said “I’ve never attempted anything like this before so it will be an incredible challenge for me. I also have a paralysing phobia of snakes so I’m especially nervous about the jungle treks.
The pair have been preparing for the challenge by going to the gym after work and on the weekends, as well as trekking on the Brecon Beacons.
Ms Watkins told Caerphilly Observer: “We’ve never done anything like this before so I’ve got mixed feelings. The physical challenge is daunting but it’s for a good cause.”
“We’ve chosen this cause because while there is more awareness in recent years around autism, I believe there are still a huge number of undiagnosed adults with autism spectrum disorder who have gone through life without the support they need.
“As well as supporting families affected by autism, Halcyon also raises awareness which is vital in helping individuals live normal lives where they feel accepted by society.”
To raise money for their chosen charity, Ms Watkins and Ms De’Ath will be hosting a number of fundraising events, including pub quizzes, a mediumship evening, live music events and a raffle.