Monday, September 11, 2006

Kilimanjaro Challenge 2006

Kilimanjaro - (c) Wilderness Scotland Thirteen friends of WFUK, including Jo and Jackie from the office, are participating in a fundraising trek up Kilimanjaro over 10 days. They will also be exploring one of the most beautiful parks in Tanzania with new wilderness trail ventures in mind. Travelling up the more remote, wilder Lemosho Route they will have their work cut out and there is much training taking place and sharing of fitness tips & equipment ideas.

All participants are paying for their own trip and expenses and sponsorship is going straight into three projects – viz. Sustainable Peace Programme (with Glencree Centre for Reconciliation), Turn Around for youth at risk, and Umzi (benefitting Aids orphans in SA).You can support them with a cheque made out to Wilderness Foundation or by donating on-line through JustGiving: http://www.justgiving.com/wf-kili

Charity Tennis Tournament
On Sunday 10th September the Wilderness Foundation hosted a charity tennis tournament at the Grove Lawn Tennis Association Club in Chelmsford, Essex. The event was instigated as a fundraising initiative for the local Foundation members participating in the Kilimanjaro challenge this October. More than 30 people joined to support us and a wonderful day was had by all. It was wonderful to see all age groups taking turns to partner each other for nearly five hours of tennis! A barbeque lunch was also included. We raised almost £250 for Wilderness Foundation projects and would like to thank everyone for their support. It was such an enjoyable day that we hope to repeat this event again next year.

Above, the junior participants from the day, amongst them Nick and Jason who recently went on a Wilderness trail in South Africa as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award effort. We hope to post pictures and stories from that trip soon.

Last but not least, see our earlier post about the disappering glaciers on Kilimanjaro. We will post latest-status picture upon the trekkers' return.

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