TWO adventurous Killarney girl guide leaders are in celebratory mood after hiking 180km in Belgium while carrying all their camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water and surviving on €just 3.25 a day.
Sarah Canavan (23) of Knockasartnett and Sarah Kenny (23) from Firies, were among 12 Irish Girl Guides members to take on the Explorer Belt challenge, which is held every three or four years to test the skills young women have learned through their involvement in the organisation.
The two Sarahs also kept a log book and successfully completed a series of projects during their 10-day survival adventure in the Westhoek region of Belgium.
The projects involved finding out about the local culture, history and geography – without using a smartphone – and doing a service for the local community. Their route took in many of the Flanders Fields historical battle sites as well as towns and countryside and a day at the seaside.
“There were many challenges and long days but the people we met along the way were so lovely and so kind,” said Sarah Kenny who works as a dietitian in St James’s Hospital in Dublin.
“Everybody was so welcoming and we had a wonderful time,” said Sarah Canavan, a Commerce student at NUI Galway.
“There were blisters, sunburn and extreme tiredness encountered during the 10 days but receiving the Explorer Belt, following the assessment interviews, was such a great feeling,” she added.
“There was pain at times but I cannot remember the pain now. It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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