The Great Wall Challenge 2019
長城挑戰賽

The toughest 10,000 steps you will ever climb


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What is The Great Wall Challenge?

什麼是長城挑戰?

Welcome to The Great Wall Challenge 2019. The Great Wall of China has stood for 3,000 years and has challenged many to conquer it over the centuries. Now you have an opportunity to test yourself against this wonder of the world. Are you brave enough to take the 10,000 step challenge?

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We want to invite you to join The Great Wall Challenge 2019. Originally constructed to defend China against the nomadic tribes, the Great Wall Trek is a thrilling challenge of twists, turns, ups and downs. Beginning four hours north of Beijing, this week-long challenge tackles a series of vigorous climbs totalling over 10,000 uneven steps. The trek will follow the winding path along the Yan Mountains to the Gubeikou Gateway and takes on the famous ‘heavenly staircase’. Exhaustion will quickly be replaced with wonder as you savour the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

The challenge ends in the vast metropolis of Beijing, with time to explore the cultural highlights of China’s historic capital. Expert English speaking guides will be with you every step of the way, managing your challenge and providing historical context to the Great Wall and its surroundings.

Fundraising Target

筹款目标

The minimum fundraising target for The Great Wall Challenge 2019 is €3,750. This includes all the costs of the challenge [see what's included HERE] and a generous donation to the work of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. If you consider what is included in this challenge event and that you are supporting vital suicide prevention services, it really is worth the effort.

Challenge

This is an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself against one of humanity's greatest creations, The Great Wall. The challenge is open to anyone over 18 who is in general good health.

Commitment

Taking part in this challenge has a minimum fundraising target of €3,750 so raising this money will take time and commitment. 50% of the fundraising includes all your challenge costs and 50% goes to support our Schools Programme.

Compassion

Your participation in The Great Wall Challenge will help to fund Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland's vital, life saving, mental health awareness and suicide prevention programmes in schools around Ireland.

About the Great Wall

关于长城

The Great Wall is a series of fortifications generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against raids and invasions. The wall as we know it was built by Qin Shi Huang (220–206 BC), the first Emperor of China. The Great Wall runs for approximately 6,000 km.


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Why are we running The Great Wall Challenge?

为什么要参加长城挑战赛

Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD.

Well-being of Young People 2017UNICEF

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland has been working for over 10 years to provide free mental health and suicide prevention education and training services to schools and colleges around Ireland. According to the World Health Organisation's 2016 report suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death amongst young people across the World. Sadly Ireland is not spared from this problem which affects almost every community in the country.

Ireland still has one of the highest reported rates of death by suicide in the European Union with young males under 21 being most at risk but children as young as 9 years old have died by suicide too. Our experience is that the actual rate is much higher, and almost no school or community in the country is untouched by losing someone to suicide.

In the European Union during 2015, according to Eurostat, there were approximately 56,000 reported deaths by suicide making it one of the leading causes of death. Males accounted for 43,000 of those deaths or 76%.

According to research by UNICEF published in 2017 Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region. The organisation's latest report card on well-being of young people found that Ireland's suicide rate amongst adolescents aged 15 to 19 was 10.3 per 100,000 population and ranks well above the national country average of 6.1 per 100,000.

Schools and teachers are so important to the development of personality, social skills and self-worth in a young person. The WHO states that among the six most important ways of reducing suicide rates is through School-based Interventions.

You can help us in our vital, life-saving work, and amaze yourself with one of the most thrilling experiences you can have, by joining The Great Wall Challenge 2019.

"YSPI, saving lives through education"

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What does this event fund?

这个活动有什么资金呢?

Joining this amazing challenge will help us to raise at least €150,000 to:

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Funding Ireland's first mobile counselling centre

You can help us in our vital, life-saving work, and amaze yourself with one of the most thrilling experiences you can have, by joining The Great Wall Challenge 2019.

"YSPI, saving lives through education"

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What's included in the cost?

长城挑战赛中包括哪些内容

Your Great Wall Challenge is a complete package so you can enjoy this amazing adventure without any hassles! And you'll be making a generous donation towards our services as well!!

Flights

All international flights to and from Beijing departing from Dublin

Food & Drink

Your package will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottled water is also included.

Accommodation

All your accommodation is included for the challenge. Accommodation will usually be in twin share.

Ground Transfers

All your internal transfers during your challenge are included usually by minibus.

Support Staff

All your ground support staff including English speaking guide, drivers, cooks and porters.

Activities

Activity equipment such as bikes, tents and rafts depending on the activity. Entrance fees to national parks or other places of interest are also included.

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What our participants say

我们的参与者说什么

It's great to get feedback from our participants. If you would like to comment (or complain) just call us on 1800 828 888 or email greatwall@yspi.ie
"The website was very easy to use and your fundraising pages are great for my family and friends."


"Easy sign up, very clean and quick. Registration pack was excellent and I particularly like the Text2Donate service. Very handy for the pub "

"I am totally committed to this cause. I lost my nephew at an early age to suicide and we need to support your school services as the government doesn;t seem to care!"