Journey to the Roof of Africa

Epilogue: Thanks again for everyone’s generosity and encouragement. Together we raised over $100,000 for Amnesty International’s work defending and promoting human rights. Amazing!

See below posts for some photos of the climb (in reverse order). Click to see the captions. Until the next adventure…

Mid-July 2013

Time is flying and its almost time for Dad and I to depart on our adventure. Fundraising - done. Training - done enough. Gear - got it. Tanzania here we come!

If you’d haven’t donated yet but would like to, click here to go to my online fundraising page. 

I have inserted below some pics from our latest training hike - Corin Dam to Mount Gingera (in the Australian Capital Territory). It was 19km, took 10 hours and we weren’t even sore the next day. Bring on Kili!

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June 2013

Time is flying and I am feeling close to being ready for the big trip. In the last couple of weeks I have reached my fundraising goal (woohoo!) and have also done a baseline altitude test.

If you haven’t donated yet and would like to, it would be great if you could donate on my dad’s fundraising page as he still has a little way to go to reach the fundraising target. Click here to go to his page. 

The baseline altitude test basically simulates an environment with reduced oxygen and lets you know at what altitude your body will start to feel the effects. You can then do a series of training sessions to help prepare your body, and increase the altitude at which your body is likely to succumb to altitude sickness. I’ve included a picture below of the system. It was quite an interesting experience!

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May 2013 update

It’s less that 10 weeks until we head off so I’ve decided it’s time to ramp up the fitness training. I’ve joined a bootcamp which I am now doing twice during the week, as well as our usual 3-5 hour weekend hike. It’s great fun, despite the pain for the two days following each session. 

On the fundraising front, things are going well with $402 to go to meet my target of $5000 for Amnesty International. If you are able to chip in, click here to go to my donation page.

Still a few more things to organise however (visa, gear etc). My family will be very glad when this is over and things are back to “normal”!

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Thank you Kathmandu

Just wanted to say thank you to Kathmandu. I wrote to them to ask for assistance with all the (expensive) gear I need for the Mount Kilimanjaro trek and yesterday I received a ‘65% off’ voucher in the mail. This will be really helpful!

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Clothes Swap

My next fundraising event will be a Clothes Swap… it’s time to get new clothes and help a good cause at the same time!

The idea is simple: Everyone brings clothes that they like but no longer wear. We trade clothes with each other and each leave with an awesome new free wardrobe. And everyone chips in $10 (or whatever you can give) at the door – this is how I raise money.

It’s a win-win – we all get new clothes and with some of the money we’ve saved on shopping we can help get me to Tanzania!

Here’s the deal: Bring a big bag of clothes (and anything else you want to swap – scarves, jewelry, shoes, bags, books, etc), and I’ll provide drinks and snacks.

The event will take place on Saturday 4 May 2013. Please email me on lindymay (*at*) gmail (*dot*) com for more details.  

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. I’ve got a lot of stuff in my wardrobe that I don’t want. I’m not sure if anyone would want it. Should I bring it along?

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Training Update

Training is going really well - I can’t believe how far we’ve come since we first started late last year. Previously it was a struggle to even get to the top of Mount Ainslie - now we can do it three times in a row without stopping!

We’re also trying to get out to Mount Tennant at least once a month - the trek is a bit further and the incline is more challenging. Some pics from the latest Mount Tennant trek on Easter weekend below.

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Fundraising Dinner Wrap Up

The ‘Taste of Africa’ fundraising dinner on Wednesday March 6th was a wonderful success. Mecca Bah put on a delicious banquet, Zambezi Sounds moved the guests with their sounds from Africa and I was able to raise over $2000 for Amnesty International and my Kilimanjaro Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who supported this event!    

       

Mount Tennent

This weekend Dad and I went out to Mount Tennent in Namadgi National Park for our training hike. We are feeling a little bit worse for wear after the 14km trek but are definitely much fitter than we were a couple of month ago! A few pics below. Please excuse my dorky hat!

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Silent Auction

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A Silent Auction will be running at my fundraising event ‘A Taste of Africa’ on Wednesday March 6th at Mecca Bah restaurant in Manuka.

Bidding will open at 7:00pm and close at 9:00pm. To bid on an item simply write down the price you are willing to pay on the bidding sheet provided on the night. The prize will go to the highest bidder at 9:00pm.

Payment can be made by cash on the night or bank transfer within 7 days of the event.

Here are the details of the prizes that will be up for grabs:

Item #1: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Parliament House

This prize is a 45-minute tour of Australia’s Parliament House for up to 4 people, hosted by Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Federal Member for Fraser. During the tour you will visit Andrew’s parliamentary office and other areas of Parliament House which are not open to the general public.

Retail Price: Priceless

Minimum bid: $30

 

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Publicity!

I’ve been busy preparing for my 'A Taste of Africa' fundraising event next Wednesday and trying to get the word out among Canberrans as much as possible.

I’ve been able to get an article on page 8 of The Chronicle and page 8 of the City News. The event is also listed on the Community Switch, BMA Magazine, Mecca Bah and Amnesty International websites. Oh, and also facebook

Tickets sales are going OK - so far I’ve sold 36 tickets. The restaurant capacity is 200 people so would love to at least get to 50!

The band, Zambezi Sounds, graced the stages at the National Multicultural Festival a few weeks back and I heard they went off!

I’ve had some wonderful donations from local businesses towards the Silent Auction that will be running on the night. Thanks in particular to Z4 Wines and The Avenue hairdressing in Campbell. 

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase online up until 5pm on the day of the event. Tickets will also be available at the door for those who are unable to purchase online (but please buy online if you are able to).

If you can’t come along but would like to support Amnesty International, you can make a donation here.

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