Tim O’Malley (Cambridge, England):
“I did the Three Peaks Challenge in 2014 with my 16 year old son. He’ still talking about it! Without doubt one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. It’s challenging as it’s impossible to replicate the conditions in the UK – hot and very humid! But it can be done and it was so satisfying to finally reach the summit of Corcovado and stand at the foot of Christ the Redeemer with my son overlooking the stunning city of Rio. To be honest, it was even more satisfying to find a bar at Corcovado and order an ice cold beer – an unexpected treat – like the famous scene from “Ice Cold in Alex”! I’d thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone – a great opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the World, climb a few mountains and raise money for a very worthy cause.”
Beth DeGraft-Johnson (Nottingham, England):
“One of the greatest experiences of my life. This is a ‘must do’ challenge for a fantastic cause. The challenge itself is very tough but the scenery, the wildlife and the views make it more than worthwhile. The finish at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue was emotional and very rewarding. What a finish line!
Beyond the challenge, the sights and sounds of Rio, the beaches at Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the street art….I could go on but the only way to understand how fantastic it all was would be to go yourself!”
Matt Woods (HM Deputy Consul General to Rio):
“The 3 Peaks Challenge was a fantastic experience – and although shorter than the original in the UK (and with considerably less driving time), I found it more physically challenging. Hot, humid, relentless uphills – and absolutely spectacular scenery. To say nothing of the company – really fun. Doing my first trip up to the Christ statue, on foot, with my 2 year old son on my back, was a real highlight of the year I’ve spent in Rio so far. The event was also very professionally organised, with medics and packs in case of any incidents. I was confident that they could have dealt with most eventualities. Look forward to doing it again next year!”
Scarlett Lapidus (London, England):
I signed up to do the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge with Street Child World Cup in 2014. I was looking to take part in some charity work and also do a physical challenge. I loved what Street Child United are about and jumped at the chance to return to Rio and climb the famous 3 mountains, Pedro De Gavea, Dois Irmao and Corcovado. I have to say it was one of the greatest things i have ever done. Even though the challenge was hard I enjoyed ever aspect of it. The views were out of this world and it was great to meet people from all walks of life on the same journey (up) with everyone encouraging each other when things got a little tough. It did help that we had one of the best rock climbers in the world as our guide. Another aspect of the trip that was really special to me was getting the chance to visit the favela Pena and meeting the people that dedicate their life to the charity and some of the children that benefit from all their hard work. It really was an experience of a life time. So i guess ill see you all at the top of Christ the Redeemer in 2016!
Clara Williams (London, England):
I was introduced to the Street Child World Cup charity by my friend Karin, the Teams Coordinator. I was looking for a charity I could really connect to personally and get involved in. The Rio 3 Peaks Challenge was the perfect example of this. A group of us from the UK joined volunteers, charity workers and Brazilian street children turned footballers in climbing the three highest mountains in Rio in under 12 hours. The challenge itself was exhilarating – climbing in a large, energetic, group through beautiful surroundings, but for me, the most enjoyable part of the trip was engaging with the local children and those working with them in Rio. We were lucky to spend the whole week in the city, meeting the girl’s and boy’s football teams from the 2014 Street Child World Cup and learning how the work done by the charity in the UK has led to visible benefits for them back home. I was most impressed by how keen the children were to embrace us, with no sense of culture barrier, despite how undeniably hard life can be on the streets of Brazil. It was an eye opening experience and something I would highly recommend.
Ronney Pastro (Rio resident):
“I went to Three Peak Challenge last year and one word could define it : AWESOME!
Even though I’ve lived in Rio since I was born, I never imagined an adventure like this: tropical forest, amazing views, rapel, trekkings, waterfalls, monkeys … And everything only in one day on three diferents sites!
Everyone must try this.”
Stephen Brann (Haywards Heath, England):
“While it was undoubtedly one of the hardest things I have done for many years, it was one of the most rewarding, not only from the sheer satisfaction of standing at the top of Corcovado at dusk and looking over the city having walked up it, but also from the perspective of having raised a significant amount of cash to help those who have not been as fortunate as myself. To have the opportunity to visit the favelas and see the project and to see at first-hand how much difference you can make made all the effort worthwhile.”
Philip Veldhuis (Dutch resident of Rio and Favela Street coach who did the 2014 Challenge with girls from the Favela Street project and fellow coach Rocky):
“The three peaks was a great experience and challenge for Rocky, me and the girls from Favela Street. The first time for the girls from the north zone favela to climb Corcovado and to see the Christo Redentor. I myself am also very proud on completing 3 peaks in one day. Everybody helped each other and together we had a beautiful day. For the girls it was yet another acknowledgement that they can achieve anything if they just believe in their strength. I wish I could join every year and bring others to see this beautiful and challenging side of Rio de Janeiro.”