Sponsored Walk 2005
3 July ~ Pressendye ~ North Deeside.
It has become something of a tradition that each year, the Tibet Support Group organise a sponsored walk. Last year for the 11th Tibet Walk we made Baudy Meg, on North Deeside our venue. This year our route was also in Deeside.
Thanks to all who took the time and effort to come along, and to make it a great day for everyone.
The concept behind the annual Tibet Walk is as a symbolic gesture of support to Tibetans. Its circular route is not unlike that of the circumambulations of holy places performed by Buddhist pilgrims. It also symbolises the walk-to-freedom which in the past has been performed by many Tibetans who found themselves under threat of violence from the P.L.A. troops occupying Tibet. However, our efforts in the rolling Scottish hills, using the best of modern equipment, hardly compare with to those of the incredibly brave and hardy Tibetan walkers, many of whom crossed the snowbound Himalayan passes on the flanks of Everest at altitudes of around 19,000ft. What's more, to avoid raising suspicions of what they intended, many would not purchase boots or equipment, instead making this journey over the roof of the world in trainers, with no waterprooof clothing and only limited supplies. It goes without saying that not all survived. It also speaks volumes of their hardiness that most did reach their goal. Many Tibetans with no other options still attempt "The walk to freedom" although most of the havens for Tibetan refugees are now closed to newcomers, thanks to relentless Chinese pressure on the neighbouring governments.
WALK PROCEEDS GO TO:
Tibet Foundation: a charity which runs aid programmes for Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, and provides a forum for Tibetan cultural and religious events in the UK.
Free Tibet Campaign: an organization which stands for Tibetans' right to
determine their own future; it campaigns for an end to China's occupation of Tibet
and for the Tibetans' fundamental human rights to be respected.
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