Path to China: Meet Roger

On the run up to our epic trek of the Great Wall of China, we will be speaking to our supporters who have bravely decided to join us! Our fourth blog is from Roger Smith, who is our Warehouse Logistics Manager! 

My name is Roger and I have been working for Cancer Research Wales for 6 years. I work as the Warehouse Logistics Manager combined with some driving duties. What I love about my job is that no two days are the same, you get to meet some lovely people, some of which have been affected by cancer in some way or another. It really puts things in to perspective. Another part of the job I like is supporting the fundraisers at events such as the Eisteddfod, Royal Welsh Show, The Big Cheese and many more. I feel proud to be part of such a wonderful team and equally proud to work with our volunteers who give up their time to help us fund in the research in the fight against cancer.

I am really looking forward to the trek and spending 9 days with our wonderful supporters, this is going to be an epic journey where I also look forward to making new friends and staying friends long after our special trip. Another part of the trek which I am really looking forward to is sampling the Chinese Culture, I love my food and sampling plenty of Chinese dishes washed down with a beer of course is going to be something to look forward to. Although I have worked for CRW for 6 years, I have never done anything like this before. When our fundraiser Rachel contacted me to say I had been picked to assist her on the trek, I was ecstatic but also a bit nervous because I am really out of my comfort zone doing something like this.

Outside of work I am a keen rugby fan, and for my sins I am a supporter of the Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC. I try and get to as many games as possible, I think my wife has given up on me as week after week I have come home from games after another defeat vowing never to go and watch them again – some say I`m a glutton for punishment. My training for the trek was going well then the Six Nations came along, trips to Italy & Scotland put me back a few weeks, try saying you’re not drinking to your mates when you’re on a rugby tour!

Here’s to a great & happy trek!


Do you want to join us on one of our treks? Check out MACHU PICCHU 2018.