… I’ve been trying to find a spare moment to write a new post for a couple of weeks now. Two episodes of Human Planet have been and gone whilst I have been away in Africa with Comic Relief, and whilst I was actually using a satellite to send images back home daily, our work days were so long over there that there wasn’t any time to devote to blogging… something I will endeavour to rectify over the next few days here in Pakistan, in particular by writing about the Grasslands and Rivers episodes which both contain stories very close to my heart. However, for the time being, since the trip to Kenya is still fresh in my mind, I’ll cover that first.
Currently I am sat in an enchanting hotel room in a place called Sukkur. I’m over here shooting for Oxfam, my second such trip serving to highlight the continuing need for international help in this region of Pakistan which was devastated by last years terrible flooding.
Unusual 1970’s hotel room decor aside, I am nevertheless blessed with a table, chair, local mobile dongle for my laptop and a few hours to spare, so here’s a random selection of behind the scenes snaps from the 100km charity trek across Kenya’s Kaisut desert that I undertook last week with a group of British TV personalities.
The British charity Sight Savers are a Comic Relief partner and as such, their work in Kenya was highlighted on this trip. In particular the incredibly simple but totally life changing cataract surgery that costs only 16 quid per eye.
Blind from birth, Radio 4’s Peter White completed the 100km trek with the help of each member of the team.
Out of everybody who undertook the trek, Lorraine Kelly suffered the most physical pain in my opinion. The intense 47 degree heat and horrific foot blisters nearly got the better of her on day 3, but she battled through to complete the walk with everyone else in the end.
Come Monday morning, only 2 days after the trek had finished and nursing 2 incredibly painful feet of my own, I watched her breakfast show from underneath a lovely warm duvet in the comfort of my own bed at home. Respect must go to Lorraine for going straight back to work, and double respect for reporting on the Oscars live in her slippers because her regular shoes were hurting too much!
Throughout the trek, the team were broadcasting live to Radio 1 via Scott Mills using a BGAN to connect to a satellite link.
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Interested in more stories from Kenya? Click HERE
For more information on the trek click HERE
For more information on Sight Savers click HERE