Apu Wanyapicchu Search and Rescue team needs Swift-water gear & training. Their rainy season is fast approaching!

Welcome to the fundraising page for the Apu Waynapicchu Search and Rescue Team, please read about our humanitarian mission we have planned for December and consider giving us your assistance in making this dream of ours a reality.

We as a team have spent countless hours on this mission, but need your help in making a few mouse clicks and getting help to where it is most needed and appreciated.

Just over 6 years ago, Rick Stein, a veteran member with the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team, had a vision in addition to being approached about the possibility of helping to create and train a Search and Rescue team in the World renowned sacred city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Since then, every year Rick and a small group of fellow team members have gathered donations & equipment, much at their own expense and traveled to Peru to help in many facets, ranging from rope rescue to delivering first aid.

This year the Peruvian team "Apu Waynapicchu Busqueda y Rescate" reached a huge milestone, becoming an "official" team recognized by the Peruvian government! With that kind of momentum behind them it's the perfect time to move forward with much needed Swift Water rescue and First Aid training. Their district covers the sacred city, stretches of the Inca trail and three major watersheds in the vicinity of Machu Picchu which in recent years have swelled considerably during the rainy seasons.

In previous years local agencies that have come together to help form the rescue team have rendered aid to numerous subjects, helpless to escape the relentless flow of rivers without having Swift Water training and proper safety equipment as basic as PFDs and throwbags. In 2010 flooding was so bad it wiped out part of the town leaving one dead and missing, being swept away in the river, and many tourists and townspeople stranded for days without basic essentials due to the railway being washed out near the small town of Aguas Caliente.

We are committed to making the trip in early December 2012 a huge success and providing the necessary training to the Apu Waynapicchu Volunteer Search and Rescue team. With that said, Swift Water gear is not cheap, and it's been much harder to come by gear & donations for this type of rescue. Please help out in two ways, 1- donate any amount you can, 2- share with your network of friends, family and co-workers! Sharing will help us reach our fundraising goal in such a short amount of time. We would appreciate your consideration into donating any amount and passing the word of this great volunteer humanitarian mission to those who will also find this of interest. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you, Friends of Apu Waynapicchu Search and Rescue Team

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