On Thursday 13 June, the Cambridge University Society for SOS Children’s Villages (CUSOS) is once again running its hugely successful hitch-hiking event SOScape. Working in pairs and with no outside help, participants will be dropped off in a mystery location 120 miles away from Cambridge and have to navigate home using their own skill and ingenuity.
These plucky individuals will not only be competing with each other but racing against the clock as well, with only 24 hours to find their way back to Cambridge! To make things just that little bit harder, they also have to navigate via a famous landmark which will only be revealed once the challenge begins.
In previous years, SOScape has seen students charming their way onto National Express trains, hitching a ride with kindly truckers, and blagging a free bus ride! Starting points have included locations as exotic as Whitstable in Kent and Buxton in the Peak District.
“SOScape has been an incredible success over the past few years and in 2012 we raised just under £3000,” says outgoing CUSOS president Rachael Corbishley. Enrolment last year was impressive, with 30 contestants entering in 15 pairs.
Former participants are nothing less than effusive about their experiences.
One SOScaper recalls their somewhat unconventional approach: “SOScape was great fun. Dressed as a chicken, wandering the streets of London – I can’t wait to get back to the middle of nowhere again this June!”
Another competitor, Ingram, remembers last year’s trip to Buxton: “Going on an epic quest through the deepest darkest North with nothing but a matador outfit and extraordinary feats of charity has restored my faith in humanity”.
This year, all proceeds will go to SOS Children’s latest Children’s Village in the Zambian town of Chipata. SOS Children has been supporting vulnerable families in Chipata since 2011, and in October of last year we opened a brand new Children’s Village. SOS Chipata initially provided care to 40 children who had lost their parents, with 100 more set to join them over the coming months.
To sign up or find out more about SOScape, check out the SOScape Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/559037030785597/.
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