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2012 China Panda Conservation Challenge

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Have you ever dreamed of trekking the great wall of China? Well with Inspired Adventures you might just get that chance, and at the same time you'll be helping out Adelaide's most famous Chinese residents.

The Adelaide Zoo has teamed up with Inspired Adventures for the 2012 China Panda Conservation Challenge. It's a chance to experience a country in a unique way, while also raising money for a good cause.

What to Do:

To take part in the 2012 China Panda Conservation Challenge you'll need to do two things: fundraise and get fit.

There are so many different ways you can fundraise, and Inspired Adventures will give you a pack to get you going and support along the way. Before you start fundraising think about your strengths.

If you're a whizz with events and parties, then why not hold a dinner or a quiz night to raise some funds. RSL clubs and community halls can be great places to hold events, as they're not always as expensive as other venues. If you're really good you could even talk someone into letting you use their venue for free.

Chocolate fundraising is an easier way to earn money, but it can be a bit slower to raise the funds you need. Check out Cadbury's Fundraising website, they have a range of chocolate and lolly boxes that will get you a maximum of $30 profit per box. Work can be a great place to offload chocolates, especially if you've got a few workmates who have a sweet tooth.

Try and get creative with your fundraising, and try and use all of your resources. You can hold bake sales, or sell homemade jewellery at markets, if you have a way with words you might even manage to convoke a larger company to sponsor you.

Getting fit is another important part of your pre-trip preparation. Make sure you talk to your doctor first, and get their advice on any new fitness plan. Give yourself fitness goals to work towards, you could even line them up with your fundraising goals.

The Journey:

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You'll need to fundraise $7500 to take part in the challenge, as well as paying a $700 registration fee. But once you've got the money, and you're fit and ready to go, what exactly will you do?

The 2012 China Panda Conservation Challenge is a 12 day journey through China. You'll spend 4 days trekking along the Great Wall, and 2 days at the Bifengxia Panda Base. During the rest of your time in China you'll be taken to some of the most famous monuments and landmarks in the country.

It might seem like a cheap and easy way to enjoy a holiday away, but this isn't about sipping cocktails poolside. You'll be trekking for up to 6 hours a day, and it will be challenging. The fundraising and preparation is also not an easy task. Taking part in this adventure will take a lot more than preparing for your usual holiday, both mentally and physically, but the results will also be more rewarding.

The journey runs from the 9th of October till the 20th.

Who You're Helping:

The money raised goes towards the Adelaide Zoo Conservation Programs. Not only will you learn more about panda conservation while in China, but you'll also get the chance to help with the many conservation efforts of the Adelaide Zoo.

The Adelaide Zoo is a non-for-profit charity, and they are heavily involved in conservation and wildlife protection. The 2012 China Panda Conservation Challenge is a unique way to help this good cause. Not only will you have a sense of personally achievement for helping the Adelaide Zoo, but by tackling the trek you'll also be able to achieve other personal goals.

During every step of the way you'll have the support of Inspired Adventures, and you'll also get a chance to meet your fellow adventurers both on Facebook and in person.

To find out more information visit the 2012 China Challenge website, or visit the Inspired Adventures website for more fundraising challenges. You can also visit the Adelaide Zoo website to find out more about their conservation efforts.

Sign up and start fundraising now.
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Why? A unique fundraising experience
When: Fundraising starts now, the trip is 9-20 October
Where: From Adelaide to China
Cost: $700 registration fee, $7500 fundraised
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