€36,557raised of €35,000.00 goal
For the past couple of years, whenever my birthday approaches, I’ve been setting up Fundraisers on Facebook for charities close to my heart; appeals which so many friends have responded to with amazing generosity. This year, I’m doing things differently to honour my dearest daughter Rebecca - Becs as I called her - who died in January of a rare form of bone cancer.
Sixteen years ago, I took part in the second edition of the Kilimanjaro Challenge to help raise funds for the building of a school in Ethiopia, one of several projects undertaken by the late Dun Gorg Grima and the indefatigable Keith Marshall. That particular project has long been completed, but other connected fundraising projects continue to this day. Over the years, the Kilimanjaro Challenge has raised over €1million towards various causes in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Keith is now the founder of the SiGMA Foundation, and one of its major projects is the construction of a school in Bonga in southwest Ethiopia. Fundraising and works to complete the kindergarten and primary school are at an advanced stage. As of the launching date of this appeal, some friends are currently doing the Camino de Santiago as part of that effort. I haven’t been involved in any of that, but I plan to dive headfirst into the next part of the project — the building of the secondary school — which will be set up in memory of Becs.
Becs, who passed away on January 3, at the very young age of 15, was inspirational to so many people through her resilience and courage in the face of impossible odds, and the way she campaigned for access to education, as well as other issues, while she was ill. I was touched to my deepest core when it was suggested to me that the school should be named ‘The Becs Zammit Lupi Junior Secondary School’ or 'The Rebecca Zammit Lupi Junior Secondary School'. I resolved there and then to become actively involved to help raise funds to bring the project to fruition. This is why I’ve set up this crowdfunding page on GoGetFunding.com.
All being well, in 2022 I’ll join other team members on the Camino de Santiago as part of this fundraising effort, as well as climb the 4,167m high Mount Toubkal in Morocco — the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. All the funds raised (just a very small commission goes to the crowdfunding site) will go directly towards the school-building project. All participants, including myself, will pay their own expenses on all the fundraising expeditions.
Also, all participants have to surpass a minimum of €500 in their personal fundraising efforts to take part in each expedition. Even though the school will be named after my Becs, I’m no different in that regard but am aiming to raise well over the minimum required. Going through the physical, mental and emotional hardship on these expeditions will be a walk in the park compared to what Becs herself went through. While doing the expeditions is not my top priority or even the reason I’m doing this, I still feel I should give them my best shot as Becs really believed in this sort of thing.
Other team members will be doing their own personal fundraising, and there will also be fundraisers carried out as a group through the SiGMA Foundation.
I know Becs will be fully behind me on this venture. She was always proud of the fact that I carried a photo of her to the summit of Kilimanjaro when she was still a baby, and we used to talk of maybe someday, when she was a little bit older, we would climb the mountain together. That now will sadly never come to pass, but doing this in her memory just might be the next best thing.
Help me make this a reality.
After the Camino.....Update posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 10:12 am
The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage I'd set out to do as part of our fundraising efforts has now been completed (a wonderful, deeply meaningful and fulfilling experience), and I'll probably now soon close down this crowdfunding campaign. The response has far exceeded my initial expectations, and I'm eternally grateful for. . . . .
Time to start walkingUpdate posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 07:10 pm
On Boxing Day of 2005, I set off for Kilimanjaro with some 20 other like-minded people, the ultimate aim of which was to raise funds for the building of an orphanage in Kenya. My good friend Keith Marshall was still in his early days of organising such expeditions as fundraisers.. . . . .
How the seed was plantedUpdate posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 09:00 pm
It's been a while since I provided an update here. The first anniversary of Becs' passing has come and gone, and today's the first anniversary of our final goodbye, on a freezing and wet day in southern England, when we had her cremation committal. Afterwards, my global editor, who had. . . . .
This is going extremely well, thank youUpdate posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 12:34 pm
The fundraising campaign continues to go extremely well, and I'm eternally grateful to everyone who's contributed in some way. Once again, we've surpassed my personal target amount, which I've increased several times. We're more than ten times over my original target. My colleagues have also started their own fundraising campaigns,. . . . .
Once again, thank you.Update posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 09:11 pm
Once again, I've decided to increase my target goal as we quickly reached the previous target of 20,000 euros, and the fundraiser still has a couple of months to go. My colleagues on the fundraising team who should be joining us on the Camino de Santiago in May have also. . . . .
Up, up and upUpdate posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 05:07 pm
I continue to be amazed at how the fundraiser is going, and am eternally grateful to everyone who's supported it in one way or the other. It's only taken some four days to reach the latest target I had set, so once again, I'm going to raise it further. At. . . . .
Astounding doesn't begin to describe it. Thank you.Update posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 10:19 am
I'm utterly stunned by the response these past couple of days. Despite Facebook and Instagram being down for so long yesterday, on my birthday, donations continued to flow in, and we've now topped the 12,000€ mark, far in excess of my wildest expectations. Yet again, I'm going to increase my. . . . .
Wow!Update posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 02:11 pm
For the second time in a few days, we've managed to exceed my personal fundraising target, something I'd already increased substantially. I'm truly humbled and stunned by the overwhelming response. I'm going to further raise that personal target, given that this particular campaign runs till January. Let's see if we. . . . .
Thank you for the great initial responseUpdate posted by Darrin Zammit Lupi at 09:30 am
The initial response has been fantastic. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who's backed this with donations and/or by spreading the word. Within a few days, we've reached my initial personal fundraising target. That of course remains a fraction of what the whole project is expected to cost (I'm still waiting for. . . . .