I shall be re-tracing Cheryl Cole’s delicate little tootsies, as I too will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September!
I have just signed up to join a team of 20-25 people to clamber up nearly 6km of jagged rocks (approx 18,000ft in old wonga) to reach the summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world. I am excited, scared and super duper jelly legged at the thought! We still need a few extra participants, so if you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime sign up here!
I’m doing this challenge for a little known charity called Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) which as the name suggests focuses on the improvement of basic education in the government primary schools in the villages around the base of Africa’s highest mountain. Katy Allen from Sevenoaks visited the region 20 years ago and was so appalled at both the state of the schools and the quality of the education that she vowed to do something positive. VEPK now works with the regional education authorities to provide invaluable training and support for teachers many working in schools that the charity has either built or refurbished.
It is going to be an extremely tough challenge, but Virgin Active have offered to get me mountain fit, and the rest is down to me doing some hard fundraising, and hard training – mustn’t forget that bit too! (once this pesky snow stops…)
Even if you’re unable to join me on the hike, but would like to make a contribution I would be delighted if you wished to donate – every penny will be appreciated by both me and the charity. And if I could give you a big thank you hug then I would! Thank you for your support and wish me luck! I will of course keep you all up to date with my progress, training and be blogging from the mountain once I am there – so you can be with me in spirit!
Thanks to photographer Chris Barsby-Robinson for the action Virgin Active shot!