Hike-4-RTL Pomaže Djeci
July to October 2018 - I hiked approximately 500km of the Slovenian Mountain Trail to raise money for the Slovenian children's charity, Botrstvo (for details click here - Hike-4-Botrstvo 2018)
July to October 2019 - I completed the last 100km of the Slovenian Mountain Trail (including Triglav, 2864m) and on 7th August I hiked Dinara (1831m), the highest mountain in Croatia. This was to raise money for the Croatian children's charity, RTL Pomaže Djeci ('RTL Helps Children'), and the Slovenian children's charity, Botrstvo.
My project raised the following totals:
Hike-4-Botrstvo 2018/2019 = 3980eu
Hike-4-RTL Pomaže Djeci 2019 = 8606kn (approx 1150eu)
This combined total of over 5000eu is much more than I originally expected, so a huge thank you to all the people and companies who donated and supported the project, and to all those I met along the way. All the money will go directly to disadvantaged children in Slovenia and Croatia, so your help is much appreciated in both countries!
For more details / photos of my journey:
What is RTL pomaže djeci?
The humanitarian association “RTL helps children” was founded in December 2006 by RTL Hrvatska and Večernji list. They act as a charity fund, supporting different projects dedicated to children, all over Croatia, all year long.
For more info about the charity: RTL pomaže djeci website
Dinara is the highest peak in Croatia at 1831m. It is located on the border between Croatia and Bosnia & Hercogovina, near the Croatian city of Knin.
The Slovenian Mountain Trail
The Slovenian Mountain Trail is the oldest connecting trail in Europe, and was created in 1953. Its founder, Ivan Šumljak, advised hikers: “Walk slowly, my friend. In that way, you will experience much, much more.”
Slovenian Mountain Trail - Wikipedia
Disclaimer - I am an experienced hiker but I am not a mountain guide and do not offer mountain guide services.
Starting on 4th July 2018, I attempted to hike the Slovenian Mountain Trail from Maribor to Ankaran (600km!) in 28 days to raise money for the Slovenian children's charity Botrstvo.
Unfortunately, due to bad weather and foot injuries (one of which required surgery at the end of July!), I was only able to complete just over 300km of the route in different stages during July.
After following medical advice to rest at the start of August, I completed more parts of the trail in August, September and October, fitting in several hikes around my work and other commitments during that time.
By the time my Botrstvo campaign finally finished on 31.10.18, I had hiked approximately 500km, collected 63 out of 80 SPP stamps, and the project had raised a fantastic €2350 for Botrstvo!
I would like to give huge thanks to everyone who donated and got involved in the project in 2018, your support for my hike and for Botrstvo is much appreciated!