Astrid Byro, an independent IT consultant, is issuing a challenge to all-comers to join her on a trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for The National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust.
Astrid, no stranger to Bletchley Park, fundraising, or even Everest Base Camp, has already led initiatives to raise funds for the Bletchley Park Trust and TNMOC through her work with ACCU (Association of C and C++ Users).
Following “Asti’s Bloody Climb to Everest Base Camp” last year, she now wants to scale the heights again in support of two organisations close to her heart.
Astrid said: “The trek to Everest Base Camp is an exhilarating and truly challenging journey through an alien, craggy, glacier-strewn landscape where oxygen is in short supply and the sun beats down relentlessly. The sense of achievement in getting a close-up view of Everest is never to be forgotten and worth every little hardship.
“This is my second trip to the Base Camp and I’m calling it ‘Astrid’s Bloody Challenge’. I hope that by inviting others to join me in raising funds for BPT and TNMOC I will be able to not only secure much-needed money, but also to raise awareness of the important work of these two organisations. Sadly, it can be difficult to get people to part with money when it comes to topics like science, education, and history.”
Astrid’s fellow adventurers can choose which particular charity they want to support: The National Museum of Computing or the Bletchley Park Trust.
Both charities will be raising funds for young people who visit the site and want to develop their computer skills. The National Museum of Computing will use monies raised by this challenge to fund laptop workstations at the Museum so that promising young programmers, inspired by the Museum’s historical computers, will be shown how to develop their interest in programming on software they have at home or in schools.
Bletchley Park Trust will use funds to buy laptops for ‘hands on’ codes and ciphers activities for the 8,000 schoolchildren who visit the site every year, historical research sessions and collaborative university projects to bring the subject alive and to the fingertips.
To join Astrid on her Everest Base Camp challenge or to find out more, please go to the Really Wild Challenges website and click on the Everest Base Camp Challenge. Here you will find valuable information about the group’s challenge departing April 24 next year. The closing date to sign up online for the challenge is November 24, this year, and you will have the opportunity during the registration process to indicate which of the two charities you would like to support.
Both charities are extremely grateful to Astrid for her latest fundraising venture.