After a two year hiatus, the Chiltern Centre’s Night of Adventure is back on Tuesday 8th November, 7pm at the Kings Arms Barn with a theme of, ‘Why Adventure?’. Host Marco Barcella returns to set the scene with tales of adventure from around the world.
In 2018, Marco told a story of kindness and courage when he was injured cycling solo through Vietnam. In 2019, he regaled the audience with a tale of an unexpected and hilarious trek with the then Prime Minister of Slovenia… With stories from around the world as well as the Thames and even the Mount in Henley, who knows what stories may be told this year!
Three extraordinary women from further afield will be joining Marco to tell their inspiring tales of triumph in the face of adversity, the joy of adventure and getting out of your comfort zone, and the power of believing in yourself.
Rebecca Watson was diagnosed with epilepsy 22 years ago. When she was told of her diagnosis, the doctors told her of all the limitations that this would place on her life. She chose not to listen. She has taken a year to travel the world solo, done polar expedition training, worked as a rescue medic in Cambodia, volunteered in the Mountain Rescue team for 8 years, worked as an outdoor instructor and much more. Through adventure, Rebecca reconnected with herself, learnt who she is and what she is capable of, discovered how to support her mental health, and so much more.
Second speaker of the evening, Marta Misztal, is a hiker, adventurer and mountain climber. After being inspired by a trek through the Inca Trail, she steadily stretched herself until finally, in May this year, she climbed Everest. Her goal is to climb all Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents), and has just Carstansz Pyramid left to climb. If the Seven Summits wasn’t enough of a goal already, she also aims to complete the Crown of Europe – the highest peak in each European country. Having already reached 22 of the 48, the race is on to become the first person to complete both challenges together.
Finally, the evening will be completed with words from Nicky Button. Nine years ago, Nicky found herself unexpectedly and suddenly unable to see her daughter across a room and was soon registered severely visually impaired/blind. Nicky found solace in walking and adventure and spent last summer walking sections of the South West Coast Path, wild camping along the way and carrying her own supplies. Nicky will share the unique way she sees the world, and how adventure has helped her to meet the challenges she now faces.
Harriet Barcella, fundraiser at the Chiltern Centre says, “The Night of Adventure is always one of my favourite fundraising events of the year. It is inspiring, extraordinary and often very funny. The last time it ran, I was so inspired that I immediately signed up to do the Chiltern Centre’s fundraising trip to Jordan – a truly life affirming experience that I will never forget. This year I am particularly excited to have Mali of Persian Delights providing the food – it is so wonderful to be so well supported by amazing local businesses. I encourage people to book their tickets quickly – at just £15 including a delicious meal from Persian Delights it is sure to sell out quickly.”
Tickets can be booked online here.