Important Announcement. To our dear supporters and followers, a very significant update you should know about.
We would like to warmly introduce you to our new trekker Charles Caddy. Charles is a manager at Moreland City Council and at heart is an intrepid adventurer who has toured India, Nepal and Bhutan on motorbikes with Kevin as well as his own trips throughout Asia. His dedication, enthusiasm and tough mental strength makes him a perfect fit for The Colin McPhedran Trek.
However, with this exciting new chapter, comes the heart-breaking end to another. The reason for Charles’ addition to our trekking team is to fill the place of trek founder Michael Clarebrough, who has accepted a full-time position with a new employer and thus will be unable to take part in The Colin McPhedran Commemorative Trek in 2017.
This was not an easy decision for Michael to make and he will deeply miss his opportunity to complete what he started nearly 4 years ago, but the demands of his current situation were too great to ignore the offer that was presented to him. Kenton, Jacob, Kevin and the rest of the trek committee are extremely disappointed to not have Michael complete this trek, but are looking forward to sharing this experience with Charles.
The McPhedran family have remained fully supportive of our trek stating:
“We are sad that Michael is unable to join the trek but we fully understand and respect his reasons. We look forward to his ongoing involvement in a support role.The McPhedran family warmly welcomes aboard Charles as the replacement trekker and looks forward to his integration into the well-oiled machine.”
It is worth noting that whilst Michael’s withdrawal is disappointing to each of the trekkers personally and to the story of the Colin McPhedran Trek, it will not hinder the logistics of our trek too severely. Our Myanmar travel operator is fully understanding of our situation and is already working hard to amend any legal/official documentation we need to traverse Kachin state. They are very confident that this change in the team line-up will not prove an obstacle for the Trek.
As Michael said to the trekking team at the announcement of his departure: “It’s the Colin McPhedran Trek, not the Michael Clarebrough Trek” and described Charles’ appointment as “very good news”. This doesn’t change the story of Colin and his fellow refugees, nor does it change the desperate need for proper maternal and child health care in Myanmar.
Thank you for your continued support,
Kenton, Jacob, Kevin, Charles and the trek support team.