5 October 2017

Morocco trip for Big Change Lawrence Jones MBE

Lawrence arriving in Morocco ahead of the epic trek in aid of Big Change.

It’s very rare that I get proper switch-off time. Even when travelling, mobile devices making it all too easy to receive and send information back to base. Consequently, I find myself always doing a little too much.

The result, I have no doubt that I do miss quality moments where I should be immersed in family or recreation. That’s why this particular trip is so exciting. It is an adventure in every possible way I can think.

I am going to a new country, a place I’ve never visited before; a destination with harsh conditions, where I am camping out beneath the stars with my lovely wife. We are seeing old friends and meeting new ones; experiencing new cultures and new tastes.

Best of all, there is no internet! Regardless, we are going to be too busy mountain biking and climbing to the summit of Mt Toubka, the tallest mountain in North Africa at over 4000m in height.

The mountains of Morocco

This is truly an adventure holiday, but it’s one with a dual purpose. The exploration, the time together, the new experiences, these are all important but we are also dedicating this week to thinking about others less fortunate. We’re discussing education and how we can make a significant positive impact on thousands of children’s lives.

The charity behind this adventure is BIG CHANGE, set up by friends Holly and Sam Branson. Our aim this week is to help them raise a significant sum to help them with their cause. There are about 25 of us heading to the Mountains of Morocco to test our fitness and stamina and share in the experience.

It’s easy to ignore the education problems in the UK. After all, I was very lucky with my schooling and whilst I only got a small taste of college in Salford, mine was regarded as one of the best schools around, so it’s hard to imagine what some kids have to go through having not been exposed to that myself.

Often school years are made more difficult for children by instability in their home life. This is part of the problem that we have to address and give everyone as best a shot in life as we possibly can. That means helping the mums and dads too, especially those who, particularly in the inner city areas, struggle because they don’t speak fluent English.

This is too big a problem for the government alone to solve. If we want a safe and balanced society, those of us who have the resources to make a difference together can make a BIG CHANGE.

How to help

There are many things you can do to help. Local schools are increasingly on the lookout for people with business experience to sit on their boards. Schools need places for their teenagers to do work experience. My advice is to engage with the schools in your area and ask them how you can help. They will always be looking for volunteers a t a time when the government is cutting back.

If you haven’t got the spare time, as I know how precious it is, maybe spare a little cash for this great cause. Whatever you manage to donate here, I will double it. So, let’s see what we can do together.

Gail and I are about to land so wish us luck.

I will update you with my journal if at all possible,

Best and thank you,


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