UK businessmen take part in charity expedition for disaffected children, across Tanzania
- Eight school children will be accompanied by a host of business and sporting dragons on a nine-day expedition
- Highs and lows will be followed by BBC documentary
David Howell, Guardian Wealth Management chief executive is to take part in a nine-day charity expedition across Tanzania, joined by a host of business and sporting dragons.
Eight students with complex emotional issues have been offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to trek across the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Run by The Dore Foundation and Engage, the challenge starts from the sacred Mount Longido and finishes at the spectacular Crater Highlands and Ngorongoro Crater.
The group will be greeted with a meal prepared by award-winning celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson on their final day.
David said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in such a life-changing event. Over the years, The Dore Foundation has helped thousands of people transform their lives through a drug-free programme of practical activities, while Engage in their future continuously seeks to improve life chances for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
“There is no doubt that this will be a challenging and testing expedition but it will allow the children to discover the depths and reality of their abilities and commitment. They will be joined by sporting prodigies and mentors who will act as both help and inspiration.”
David will be joined by former Royal Marine Commando Alan Chambers MBE, Dr Ed Coats, who joined James Cracknell and Ben Fogel in the race to the South Pole, Jeremy Game of the Celebrity Kilimanjaro climb and Trystan Williams, as well as seven business / sporting mentors and six Maasai guides.
One of a series of observational documentaries under the banner of “The Extreme Classroom” the concept was devised and developed by Springfields Academy Principle Trystan Williams and Vice Principal Jon Hamp in the belief that “only by challenging students will they exceed expectations.”
A BBC documentary will follow candidates from schools within the Engage network as they take part in the rigorous selection process and record the highs and lows of their journey.