From safety boots to hiking boots

  • Humanitarian charity RedR has been supporting the global humanitarian crisis in Syria and the surrounding region
  • Phil will be trekking for five days over difficult terrain in Jordan
  • Five team places remain for those interested in taking part

The historical city of Petra, Jordan

RedR will be running a once-in-a-lifetime trek across the Jordanian desert to Petra, to raise awareness of the difficulties that Syrian refugees encounter and to raise vital funds to support their humanitarian work. Phil Evans from Laing O’Rourke in Liverpool is taking part, and you can join him.

The background

Since 2011, humanitarian charity RedR has been supporting the global humanitarian crisis in Syria and the surrounding region. The number of Syrian refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, including Jordan, is well over four million. To offer support, RedR is actively training and equipping agencies in Jordan, such as Unicef and Oxfam, with skills to adequately assist the refugees when they arrive.The trek will take place in late October with a team of 12 made up of individuals and those from a variety of companies. The trekking portion of the trip spans five days across difficult terrain. Averaging a distance of 16km per day over eight-10 hours, the group will be led by local guides and sleep in tents at night. The conditions will be uncomfortable at best, but yet only represent a fraction of what the average refugee might endure. Phil says that the trek is an “amazing opportunity”, and not something he could have turned down. “I became interested in RedR through its links with Laing O'Rourke, and as an engineer, RedR’s construction-based efforts appealed to me,” he says. “It is an excellent chance to raise awareness and fundraise in and around the engineering industry.”

A team effort

Before setting off on the trek, participants will get the chance to meet RedR’s in-country staff, local trainers and local aid workers who have received training and are responding to the on-going crisis. Participants will also be thrown into a disaster simulation workshop, taking on humanitarian roles in water and sanitation, shelter and much more, to gain a taste of what RedR does first hand.RedR’s Alice Hardy explains how important the trek is to the charity’s efforts. “The funds raised by each participant will enable RedR to continue training and supporting aid workers in Jordan and the wider world, building vital technical capacity in skills such as water and sanitation, shelter, project management and safety and security,” she says. What’s more, the trek is “an opportunity to challenge myself outside of the work environment and to build new networks”, Phil says.

The details

If you would like to join the group on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please email: for more information. The trip will take place from 21-29 October and there are up to five places still remaining. The trek is achievable for everyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Participants will be asked to fundraise £3,200 between now and the end of November, which covers trip costs and a donation to RedR (flights to be booked separately). The RedR team will be on hand throughout the coming months to support participants with their fundraising and training, and promise it is totally achievable! The cost portion of the trip can also be paid directly instead of fundraised – please contact the RedR team for more information.

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