With a lot more time on my hands than I've ever had before, I've decided to set myself a proper challenge which will give me a focus for the next 11 months and at the same time raise some well needed cash for a great cause.
So, in late August / early September 2020, myself and my good friend (Paul Seddon), will be joining a group to embark on a 6-day trek to the top of Africa's highest peak, and the world's tallest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m).
UNFORTUNATELY, AS A RESULT OF COVID-19, OUR TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR 12 MONTHS, WE NOW SET OFF ON 17TH AUGUST 2021
In order for me to join the trek, I need to raise £2500. 50% of this goes directly to the Dig Deep charity (details below) and 50% is intended to go towards covering the costs of the trip.
However, to be clear, you won't be paying for me to have a holiday! I will be funding the cost of the trip myself so every pound donated will go to the charity.
Please help me in any way you can, which will spur me on during the training and the climb itself.
For the last 12 years, Dig Deep have been working in rural Kenyan communities where 8 out of 10 people do not have access to clean water and sanitation. Where other charities working in East Africa might build a well and move on elsewhere, Dig Deep has a more long-term focus. By working in partnership with local government, schools and communities, Dig Deep build bespoke solutions which ensure lasting change. They do this in 3 ways:
Using locally available materials, infrastructure is built which will supply a school or community with reliable clean water, usually in the form of a rainwater harvesting system. Local artisans and community members are trained in order to manage and maintain these systems in the long term.
Building latrines in schools, giving children a safe, hygienic and private area to go to the toilet. On its own this has a huge impact on children's health and school attendance - particularly for teenage girls.
Training teachers and community members in health and hygiene - ensuring they understand how diseases spread and how they can be prevented. They also provide menstrual hygiene training, correcting misinformation and breaking down stigma, giving girls the tools and knowledge to continue their education and role in the community when menstruating.
In short, three T's: Taps, Toilets & Training.
To give you an idea of what your donation can do:
Provide a child with a safe, hygienic toilet at school
Provide three children access to clean drinking water at school
Give 30 Children and their Families life-changing health training
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'd be really grateful if I could count on your support.