Trek, Ride and Stride for Mission

Life can offer some amazing opportunities for those willing to step out of their comfort zone into new possibilities. Dungog grandmother and librarian, Lyn Barham stepped out to join six other intrepid adventurers as they strapped on their walking boots in January 2019 to trek through the stunning mountainous countryside of Myanmar.

“It was a wonderful experience visiting Myanmar, meeting the local people and taking part in the trek.” Lyn said, “the whole experience was challenging physically, spiritually and mentally.”

The team’s hard work was shown not only in their three days of hiking , but also in the lead up to the trip where they collectively raised over $26,000 towards the vital work of Catholic Mission in Myanmar. The reward of the trip was visiting the projects they had fundraised for, meeting the community members and beneficiaries, and learning how they have been impacted by the work supported by Catholic Mission.

“I would encourage everyone if they get the chance to take part in similar fundraising experiences. You never know what you can achieve until you try!” says Lyn.

Do you have an adventurous spirit? Are you looking for a challenge? Have you ever wanted to see how your generosity makes a difference through life-changing projects? If you are interested in supporting the work of Catholic Mission through a similar fundraising opportunity, check out Ride and Stride: Cambodia January 2020. You will not only explore scenic Cambodia, but best of all, you will raise vital funds for Catholic Mission to continue supporting projects in Cambodia and see firsthand some of these life-changing projects.

A short video of Lyn and her group as they Trek to Reach Out in Myanmar can be viewed along with a video promoting Ride and Stride: Cambodia 2020 at

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Mark is the Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.