Nick Carvell takes a look at attitudes, rights and regulations affecting LGBT communities around the world.
Australian budget airline Virgin Blue has decided to cash in on the pink pound ahead of Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations. Virgin Blue will be running a special flight catering for those attending Mardi Gras in Sydney. The flight from, Melbourne to Sydney, which takes roughly one hour will set the party goers back A$199 (Roughly £100)
A survey of the worlds best gay-friendly cities has placed Sydney at the top of the list. The survey conducted by online travel agency Expedia.com.au, named Sydney for its plentiful gay bars and nightclubs in the Darlinghurst and Newtown areas, reports the Daily Telegraph.
A new iPhone app has been created in order to entice LGBT visitors to London by providing all relevant information to enjoy the experience to the max at the touch of a button, whilst on the move.
On 3rd to 13th February 2011 a group of lucky explorers will journey to the Northeastern region of Brazil, to Chapada Diamantina National Park to embark on an exclusive trekking adventure that has been organised to raise funds for Sense the UK’s leading charity for deafblind children and adults.
Sense has worked with deafblind people and families for over 50 years. It offers specialist personalised services across the UK, campaigns built for a change and has built a world-wide reputation for its pioneering work. Today Sense help people of all ages with a wide range of complex difficulties and support individuals with a single sensory impairment and additional disabilities.
Brazil’s lost world trek will help Sense continue to these vital services.
Chapada Diamantina National Park was opened to the public in 1985 after a century of being kept secret and off limits to the public, to prevent the smuggling of diamonds that were discovered by prospectors in the mid 1800’s. Although the park has been opened for over 24 years now it still remains very remote and trekking is still very exclusive.
The challenge starts with a trek to Brazil’s highest waterfall, Cachoeira da Fumaca also known as ‘Smoke Falls’. We have the exclusive privilege of staying in the houses of local natives during our 5 day trekking expedition of Chapada Diamantina. We discover the beauty of the ‘Lost World’ as we trek over 84km to various magnificent waterfalls and exploring amazing Blue Pools.
Once we have seen what the remote National Park has to offer, we spend our last 2 days taking in the sights and sounds of Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’ – Salvador. Renowned for its countless outdoor parties, amazing beaches and fantastic atmosphere.
To take part in this fantastic challenge, participants will need to pay a registration fee of just £249, and then pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,995 for Sense. All travel, accommodation, refreshments, guides and medical support are included. Full fitness training to prepare for the challenge and fundraising support will be provided through professional event organisers, Global Adventure Challenges.
Places are extremely limited. Further information regarding the event can be found at www.trekbrazil.co.uk or by calling 0800 1577 308. Alternatively interested parties can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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