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The Starting Line – York – Day 1

Our Chaparda Challenge is underway –  a team effort to walk exactly 5,686 miles from York, home of the World Medicine Charitable Trust, to our destination, the Jay Ambe Hospital  in Chaparda, Gujarat, in India. Work Medicine has been sending a team of acupuncturists and translators to Chaparda for a number of years and was all set to head there again in 2021 when the pandemic took hold and we had t cancel the visit.

Unable to travel, and missing everyone there very much, we thought “why not go go to see them virtually, if we can’t go in person?” So that was the starting point for the Chaparda Challenge, to make  virtual journey from our home to theirs.

We have a number of teams taking part and it’s never too late to join in! Through this diary we hope to follow the progress being made with stories of places we virtually visit and pass through en-route, some of the places we visit to walk in reality (!) and we’ll say something about the work we do here at World Medicine as well.

A virtual journey is a big undertaking and we’re most grateful to everyone who has agreed to take part.

How does it work? Well, people sign-on to take part and then they walk, cycle, run, swim, skip, get on a rowing machine, exercise bike, treadmill, or any other way they wish! The miles they cover on that exercise get recorded on the ‘Virtual Mission‘ page, which translates those miles onto a map that shows the distance from York to Chaparda.

We started today, Easter Sunday, April 4th, from York. Our Chair of Trustees, Alison Gould, has written the first of our diary entries as follows, and we’re grateful to her for the accompanying photographs as well.


We start in this famous and beautiful and ancient City of York with spring in the air. A journey of 5000 miles beginning with one step each.

Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and so many others have all walked to and from this place; to conquer, to trade to establish the great minster cathedral . Some en route like us to Scotland or Rome or Istanbul or the Silk Road. I think however that this is a unique journey; I doubt if anyone has chosen to walk from here to Chaparda in Gujurat, India before our brave and inspired group!

We hope you will follow our progress on this virtual adventure and support our efforts. We will bring you a regular update and flavour of our journey on the website.

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