As part of its ongoing commitment to the injured soldiers and their families in The Parachute Regiment, Nissan, alongside The Afghanistan Trust, has organised Mission Morocco – a 14 day sponsored trek across North Africa to raise £60,000 for The Parachute Regiment charity.
Mission Morocco will be carried out by four inspirational servicemen who have all been injured in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Two of the soldiers taking part in the trek have lost a leg below the knee and all, despite their injuries, are still active in the Regiment. They will be supported by a number of Nissan employees.
The trek, which started on 18th April 2012 and departed from The Parachute Regiment’s barracks in Colchester and Nissan HQ in Rickmansworth, will be undertaken in specially adapted Nissan Navaras, which will be used to make the epic journey across North Africa and is part of the car brand’s ongoing commitment to raise £250,000 for the Trust.
Colin Smith MBE, CEO of the Afghanistan Trust says of the mission; “The trek will see some of The Parachute Regiment’s most talented and dedicated servicemen take on the Moroccan desert to help raise funds that will directly benefit their colleagues. Despite suffering injuries themselves – and witnessing fellow Paratroopers lose their lives – these men’s courage and selfless determination to help others in need and their families is inspiring.”
A series of specially designed challenges, to be carried out in the middle of the Moroccan desert, will see injured paratroopers Sergeant Jackson, Privates Vidler, Burns and Ford and a selection of Nissan staff carry out the challenging exercises, These include seeking out a safe house by cover of darkness, carry out mine clearing exercises, GPS navigation tasks in the Navaras and a ten mile march.
Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB said: “Nissan is dedicated to raising £250,000 for the Afghanistan Trust and Mission Morocco is one element of this commitment. The funds raised will help to pay for important support for injured paratroopers, their families and the families of those paratroopers who have tragically lost their lives in Afghanistan. We hope the nation will get behind these incredibly brave men who have given up their time to take on the challenges in the desert heat – to help support our paras.”