I will not only fulfill a personal goal but I will make a difference in children’s lives, the life and happiness they deserve. Please donate and help me achieve my dream!
What is this all about?
I took interest in this Kilimanjaro climb two years ago, but had to put off the idea due to study commitments. However, climbing Kilimanjaro remained on my mind. I got a facebook message on the 9th of October 2012 from Keith Marshall (organizer of the Kilimanjaro Challenge 7 (KC7)) posting the details of the climb. Obviously, I was interested but again I thought about my current studies. However, this time I went to the introdutory meeting where he gave an overview of the challenge physically, mentally and financially. Briefly:
“Kilimanjaro, with its Uhuru peak at 5,895metres is the highest free-standing mountain on the planet and is located in Tanzania, East Africa. Although no technical expertise is required for this climb, the trek is a very challenging feat and making it all the way to the top is not without its dangers. We will take the Machame Route which will take approximately 8 days of trekking. Rarified (oxygen-deprived) air, freezing temperatures and strong winds will all take their toll. The expedition members are expected to fund-raise to help Dun Gorg Grima founder of ‘Moviment Gesu Fil-Proxxmu’ build a home for children in Awasi, Kenya. The project will accommodate children suffering from disabilities to provide them with a roof, food and education ultimately helping them to build their own independence. The total cost for the project will be of 120,000 euro and KC7 is responsible for financing the first phase (60,000 euro).”
At one point Keith turned to me and told me “You are worrying me!” and I said “Why?”, he told me “You haven’t said anything!” I said “Well collecting the funds will be hard and I don't know if I'll have time for all that training." Back home, I said to myself "Charmaine you can do this, you know that you believe that one should challenge oneself in ways that are unrelated to studies or work as life is not one’s curriculum vitae!" So Keith, yes I am on board!
Why do I want to do this?
I am a scientist (M.Sc.) and currently reading for an M.D. degree. I enjoy rock climbing, SCUBA diving and playing the violin. I believe that such a journey will allow me to explore the horizons of life. I am looking forward to the moments of exhaustion and doubt but also of achievement. Knowing there is a good cause behind this 8-day adventure is an excellent drive to keep on going. Being amongst children in South Africa back in 2007, experiencing their immense love and happiness despite the very poor conditions they live in has shaped and reinforced this dream.
When is this happening?
Myself together with other expedition members have started training some weeks ago and training will increase until we set foot on the mountain in September 2013. But to get there I need your help!
How can you help me?
I ask you to donate as little as 1 Euro. I will carry your name to the top of the mountain if you donate 5 euros or more. If you cannot donate, kindly share this page. Thank you.