Poplar explorer Alan Chambers from Scunthorpe gets ready for one of world's toughest treks
A POLAR explorer from Scunthorpe will be battling the elements for charity with a former England rugby captain.
Scunthorpe Polar explorer Alan Chambers and HOPEHIV patron Lewis Moody MBE will battle the elements during the 300-mile Yukon Arctic Ultra in February to raise £300,000 for HOPEHIV's work with orphans of HIV victims in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr Chambers said this is one of the globe's hardest races.
Temperatures will drop as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius during the gruelling 300-mile trek.
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He said: "The Yukon Arctic Ultra race is one of the most challenging and difficult races to complete in the world and will bring a whole new meaning to the word tough.
"I am sure the Yukon Challenge will seem impossible at times but once we have finished, we will realise a lot more can be achieved with great teamwork, hard graft and a combined goal.
"I am looking forward to taking on the hardest and coldest endurance race in the world."
The challenge aims to raise £300,000 for HOPEHIV to support children living and working on the streets across sub-Saharan Africa. They face their greatest challenge every day as they struggle against abuse, poverty, stigma and neglect, simply to survive.
Having visited HOPEHIV projects in Nairobi in July 2008 and last month, Mr Moody feels passionately about the cause.
He said: "Before visiting some of the projects in Nairobi in 2008, I was unaware of what African street children came up against every single day.
"It put my challenges into perspective and, having retired, I am grateful for the opportunity to dedicate more of my time so that they can build a better life for themselves."
The team taking on the race also comprises HOPEHIV founder Phil Wall.
Team members can be sponsored at: www.justgiving.com/teams/mygreatestchallenge
Follow the team's progress on Twitter at #mygreatestchallenge, @LewisMoody7, @AlanWChambers & @PhilipGWall