Following the success of a launch event to promote its fundraising trip to Kilimanjaro, The Children’s Centre is urging anyone who wants to go on the adventure challenge to sign up as soon as possible. The walk to the top of the top of the world’s highest free standing mountain will take place in September. The first launch event was held at The British Hotel in Douglas on February 5 and it gave an opportunity for anyone interested in the trip to talk to organisers and meet some adventurers who went on the charity’s 2010 trek to Kilimanjaro. Mark Eastham, Adventure Events Fundraising Co-ordinator at The Children’s Centre, said that places on the trip were filling up fast. He added:
“A big thank you to everyone who came along to support the launch event. We realise that signing up to climb Kilimanjaro is a big decision and hope that the people who attended can now decide if this challenge is for them. For anyone who missed the first launch event there’s a second chance to find out about this fantastic adventure challenge on February 21. I would urge anyone who wants to make sure of their place on this year’s trip to sign up as soon as possible.”
The February 21 event will be held at The Children’s Centre’s main offices on Woodbourne Road, Douglas, starting at 6pm. If you wish to attend either event please register in advance by emailing MarkEastham@thechildrenscentre.org.im, or calling 676076.
Mount Kilimanjaro stands 5,895metres above sea level in northern Tanzania near the border with Kenya and is the world’s highest free standing mountain. The route will follow the Lemosho Trail route which is one of lesser trodden paths to the summit, but one that was taken by celebrities who climbed the mountain in aid of Comic Relief in 2009. The 12 day trip starts on September 19 with a flight to Nairobi, Kenya, and a transfer to Arusha across the border into Tanzania the following day. The next day the walking begins with a trek through the rain forest from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubw (Big Tree) Campsite at an altitude of 2,800metres. There’s another 700metres of climbing the next day, and just 300metres the following day to allow the trekkers to acclimatise gradually to the thinner air. On day nine the trip culminates with The Children’s Centre adventurers making an early start for the final push to the summit from Barafu Hut to Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa. After ascending just over 1,200metres in one day the reward for the effort will be worthwhile with the chance to watch a spectacular sunrise. The following day it’s time to say goodbye to the summit, but the group will take with them some fantastic memories as they descend the mountain and head back to Arusha and on to Nairobi for the flight home.
The Kilimanjaro trek has been completed by people of all ages and all backgrounds and The Children’s Centre will provide expert advice on how to prepare for the walk and how to raise funds. In previous years trekkers have used a range of ideas to raise funds including car boot sales and supermarket bag packing events. Some trekkers have even rented out their homes to TT Homestay visitors and used the income to cover the cost of the charity trek. The Kilimanjaro trek is being run in conjunction with specialist charity challenge organisers Global Adventure Challenges. For more details go to http://www.thechildrenscentre.org.im/events/looking-to-trek-kilimanjaro-in-2013/