About two years ago I got it in my head that I wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Why you may ask? Well I’m not entirely sure; however I wanted to do something for myself to prove that I can test my own strengths and limits. Like a true man too, I thought the mountain is there to climb so why not climb it! So up when the snapshot of the picturesque Mountain on my vision board and it has been on the goal list every since. In late 2011 I met with a man by the name of Erik De Haart who was speaking of this amazing adventure he’d just been involved in called The Kili Challenge. He explained that the Kili Challenge was a 2 week adventure host by a School in Tanzania called the School of St. Jude. The School of St. Jude (http://www.schoolofstjude.org/) was started by an Australian lady in the 90’s with the goal of providing free education, housing and food to children. Well after starting with 3 students, it now has over 1500 students! Every year the school asks people from around the world to step up to the plate and commit to the Kili Challenge, which includes spending a week helping out in the school and a week trekking Mount Kilimanjaro.
In July this year I made the decision to follow through with my goal and committed myself to the 2012 Kili Challenge, which means I am Tanzania bound in mid November! I am super excited and a little apprehensive but I cannot wait to get over there. As part of the Kili Challenge, each climber is asked to raise money where they can to aid the school in their efforts. Donations will supply things such as stationery, books, furniture, uniforms, school buses and a whole swag of great stuff. I have set myself the audacious target of raising $20,000 in 2 and a half months, which is a feat in itself! I ask for whoever is reading this if you would please consider supporting me on this challenge and donating to the School of St. Jude through my website below. I will keep you all updated on my progress leading up to the Challenge and a big post-report aswell!
Thanks so much in advance for your donations, you have really supported a great cause!