As storm Debi took centre stage across the North West of England yesterday, our very own Debbie King is storming through the Sahara as the first 30km was chalked off on her 100km pursuit across the world's largest hot, non-polar desert.
Waved off by Building Careers colleagues last Friday, Debbie drove down to Heathrow Airport over the weekend to pick up her flight to Morrocco, the place where her experience of a lifetime began.
While her colleagues were busy placing scores of new candidates into work across the country, today (Tuesday) was Debbie’s longest trek with the first 15km crossing the riverbed and working up to high mountain ranges.
Raising thousands of pounds for her nominated Charity, Nugent, our Director and Specialist Recruiter is trekking through stunning desert landscapes by day and camping under the stars at night. It’s a trip not for the faint hearted but one which is creating some special memories which she hopes can translate into cash for Nugent.
She said it’s a ‘unique experience’.
“It’s been a gruelling couple of days but it’s so worth it,” Debbie said.
“It’s an experience of a lifetime and I’m getting to do this with some amazing people. We have become a very close-knit team quite quickly and everyone is pulling together to get each of us through it. It’s certainly a challenge but one I am really enjoying. We’re all raising money for the same cause, so ever step counts.”
This afternoon the terrain eased with participants enjoying a flatter terrain, before stopping for a ‘I’m a Celebrity… style lunch of rice, peas and beans.
After lunch, the trekking is flat but rocky terrain, taking the group into the sandier part of the Sahara and the dunes.
Camping is at Chegagq, with the opportunity to see the sunset this evening.
Debbie says the views will be breathtaking with the erg made of beautiful dunes located in the Drâa-Tafilalet area, about 45 km west of the small rural oasis town of M'Hamid El Ghizlane, located about 98 km south of the town of Zagora.