A Derry City Council employee will swap the comfortable surroundings of the Council offices at Strand Road for the mountainous terrain of Peru this weekend when she sets off for a charity trek.
Assistant web officer Emma McLaughlin is walking in the South American country to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Before setting off from Derry, Emma was presented with an oak leaf plaque by the Mayor of Derry, alderman Maurice Devenney, at the Council offices.
Her colleagues from the Council’s marketing and communications system also gathered to wish her well before she set on her long journey to the equitorial country.
Emma’s trek will take her to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the capital of the ancient civilisation of the Aztecs.
She has already raised more than £3,000 for the NI Cancer Fund for Children and is hoping to reach her target of £5,000.
Praising the work of the charity, Emma said; “This charity offers practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people up to and including the age of 24, who are living with cancer, and their families.
“Three children are diagnosed with cancer every week in the North, leaving three more families to cope with a level of devastation that is almost impossible for most of us to comprehend.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to Emma’s fund can do so via www.justgiving.com/EmmaMclaughlin-NICFC or Or text to 70070: NICF99 £1 (change the amount to suit you).
Further details about the trek to Peru and the charity can be found by visiting www.nicfc.com