Submitted by GSPCA on 13:30, 30th Oct, 2013 | 0

This Blog is written by the very brave Darren Carre -

In April 2014 I will be embarking on an adventure (or torture as some say!) of a lifetime in which I hope to raise £2000 for each of my chosen charities.  So if you've seen me out running in even the most horrific of weather, this is why!!

The Challenge:

To compete in the Marathon des Sables 2014, which is a self sufficient, multi-stage ultra marathon across 150 Miles of Moroccan Sahara Desert.  Its the equivalent of completing 6 marathons in 7 days in the 50 Degree (c) heat of the Sahara Desert with a 10k pack on your back which contains 7 days worth of food (2000 Kcal minimum per day) and items such as sleeping bag, mat, survival kit etc.  Water is rationed at each checkpoint in the race which is roughly 10k - 15k apart.  The toughest of these stages is Stage 4 which is a 50 mile double-marathon stage which you are given 34 hours to complete.  The terrain covered will range from solid crusty ancient river beds and salt flats right up through small mountain ranges and of course sand dunes as far as the eye can see!  I am giving myself a goal of finishing in the top 500 just to make the challenge a little more interesting !!!!

The Charities:

My two chosen charities are our own "Specsavers Childrens Charity" and the "GSPCA".  If you feel charitable and would like to support my challenge you can donate to my charities on one of these links:

Specsavers Childrens Charity


Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager 'We are very grateful to Daz Carre for taking on this huge challenge and nominating us as one of his chosen charities.'

'Anyone who takes on a challenge for charity is a real hero but I think this is one of the biggest challenges anyone has taken on to raise funds for the GSPCA.'

'Daz has a few months of training to go and we wish him all the best of luck and thank him from all of the team and animals in our care that we rescue every day.'

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The following are events planned for 2013




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Details to follow

Bric-A-Brac, Clothes, Coffee & Snacks at the Shelter


Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Pet Supplies & GSPCA Goods on sale at the GSPCA Reception


Saturday 2nd November 2013

The GSPCA Mystery of Masquerade Charity Ball

Click here for more details

Wednesday 20th November 6.30pm

 Volunteer Induction Evening at the Animal Shelter


 Sunday 17th November

Round Table Christmas Fair - a stall with all sorts of goods and tombola


December Thursdays

Late Night Shopping GSPCA Stall in town


Date and details to be confirmed

Christmas Fair


16th to 21st December 2013

Christmas Pop Up Shop on Smith Street thanks to OSA Recruitment


January 2014

Start of the Animal Care Course with WEA at the GSPCA



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