Women’s Aid group head for a Saharan Desert trek

Sahara bound via the Eight Acres – Moray Women’s Aid group in training for 100km trek in the desert.

A MORAY GROUP of women are set to go the extra mile for their cause – over 62 extra miles in fact.

The group of ten are flying out to Morocco in March where they will head for the Sahara – and trek 100km, all for the cause of Moray Women’s Aid.

High temperatures and sleeping on the desert floor each night in very cold and possibly freezing temperatures is a test few would wish to undergo – but together, the group are determined to complete the challenge.

In doing so they hope to raise up to £20,000 for the local charity that provides essential support services to women and children who are having to deal with domestic abuse.

“This is a tremendous challenge for all of these women,” Elle Johnston, serve manager at Moray Women’s Aid told insideMoray, adding: “Most of the women are not really outdoor walkers.

“Some had never even met before deciding to take on this challenge – no they have all come so far, and the support received through sponsorship and their various events is testimony to their commitment.

“We at Moray Women’s Aid are extremely grateful for the funds they are raising.”

For six month a variety of fundraising events have been taking place all over Moray – with the final event before they depart being held on February 25 with a Masquerade Ball at the Eight Acres Hotel in Elgin.

With a three-course dinner and dancing to Footerin’ Aboot, the evening will include some fantastic raffle prizes donated by local businesses and communities – while a live auction will see tickets for a Robbie Williams show and an family experience on the ‘Jacobite Train’.

The entire profit raised on the night go to Moray Women’s Aid, with tickets available through Eventbrite online – ticket sales will close on February 16.