This is an account of our ascent of Kilimanjaro in October 2000. We are Rob and Danielle Wilson, father and daughter, aged 50 and 21.
of the charity CHICKS -
Holidays for Inner City Kids - and we were amongst those approached by
them in 1999 with a view to raising a fairly large sum each (the target
was £2,700 each), by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
It seems now that you have to do something unusual to raise money, and this challenge certainly qualified - Kili is the highest mountain in Africa, at 5895m, and is the highest free-standing mountain (as against part of a range) in the world. Since signing up for the challenge we found that actually the Kilimanjaro climb is becoming increasingly popular - will fund-raising have to find new challenges?
here is our
story. We imagined that raising the funds would be quite
easy - write off to a few local businesses who would surely be glad to
be associated with our good cause. It didn't turn out like that - a lot
of hard work was needed to get anywhere near the target. Meanwhile help
and advice was coming in from Charity Challenge,
the trip organisers.