Are you inspired to take an adventure while raising much-needed funds for your favourite charity? Mike Greenslade is.

Mike stumbled onto Inspired Adventures at a Fundraising Institute of Australia conference. He soon realised that this could be a terrific vehicle to raise funds for ShelterBox.  ShelterBox is a disaster relief organisation whose personnel travel worldwide. They provide shelter, clean water, solar lights, warm blankets and tools to assist in the recovery efforts. 

Inspired Adventures in conjunction with ShelterBox had previously organised a trip to Nepal in September last year. The Larapinta Trek is the second of three treks raising much-needed money for ShelterBox Australia.  Next year’s trip will be on the Kokoda Track coinciding with Anzac Day.

The Larapinta Trail is regarded as one of Australia’s premier walking tracks. Commencing at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the trail stretches 223 kilometres to the peak of Mount Sonder, following the West MacDonnell Ranges. Over the five days of trekking, participants will cover sixty kilometres of this iconic track. They will traverse ancient escarpments while admiring the beautiful colours of the Central Australian landscape. Hikers will experience firsthand the diversity of the desert, following an ancient river course, and visit sacred Aboriginal sites. The trek will have representatives from ShelterBox, the local Arrernte community and Inspired Adventures.

Mike Greenslade and Paul Roger
Mike Greenslade and Paul Roger

The ShelterBox Larapinta Trek 2019 for Disaster Relief is being held on 19th-25th August. There are still a few places left! If you’d like to find out more you can register your interest here.

There is an element of danger in all of the treks. Hikers need to have a reasonable level of fitness. Some hikers such as Paul Rogers was keen to walk the Nepal trek but realised he needed some help with his fitness levels. He achieved this by engaging a personal trainer and attending a gym.  He enjoyed the Nepal trekking experience so much; he is preparing for the Kokoda Track next year.

Mike has found that the treks allow ShelterBox to engage with a different demographic of people who would otherwise be unaware of Rotary and ShelterBox. It’s a great partnership with Inspired Adventures having similar values to Rotary International’s such as Integrity, Leadership, Team Spirit, Collaboration, Initiative and Community.

Mike is from the United Kingdom where he volunteered for ShelterBox. Married to an Australian woman they came to Australia. It was natural for him to continue with ShelterBox. Mike was initially the communications officer and photographer. He’s now the CEO of ShelterBox with two part-time staff members.

Club History

The Rotary Club of Alstonville was charted on 15th October 1972. Their membership is sixteen members.  It’s located in District 9640 and is west of Ballina. The current President is Brett Hunter.

Mike is President-Elect and International Director. As well as being the ShelterBox representative on the Larapinta Trek, the club has a second Rotarian joining him on this exciting adventure.