USPCA Supporters Trek 100KM in the Rocky Mountains to Raise Vital Funds

On the 24th of June fourteen participants from across Northern Ireland set off from the USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry heading for the Canadian Rockies. Participants have had a long but very rewarding year fundraising and training to prepare for the challenge. Trekkers swapped their beds for a sleeping bag and underwent a 7 day 100km trek whilst enjoying some of the most spectacular Canadian scenery and wildlife that included Grizzly bears, Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Elk and Deer.

Trekkers on average experienced 7 to 8 hour days of hiking through the beautiful terrain and often would witness four seasons in one day.   USPCA Development Manager Colleen Tinnelly who joined the fourteen trekkers said ‘’The USPCA Trek the Rockies challenge was hugely successful for us as a charity. The challenge is most definitely what it says on the tin, a challenge but the group were fantastic and helped each other get through each day.  We are delighted with the support we received from it and believe we have gained lifelong USPCA supporters’’

Trekkers arrived back to the USPCA on the 4th of July with an experience of a lifetime under their belt.

The USPCA receives no government funding and so the trek will help raise vital funds for the charity. By participants completing the trek they will have helped improve the lives of many needy animals coming into USPCA care.To donate to the challenge please visit our Just Giving page –

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