Mount Kilimanjaro Fundraiser Completed



On July 3rd this year I am taking on the challenge with a number of friends of trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise funds for Violets treatment and to continue her Son-Rise Programme.

Kilimanjaro is an impressive 5,895m above sea level and is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the Earth's crust and is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and my aim is to reach the summit.

This will be the most physical and mentally challenging thing I will ever undertake.

For 7 days I will experience all different challenges not only the climb but in my living surroundings, sleeping on the ground in a tent, using a hole in the floor as a toilet, basic food, no showers, no luxuries what so ever all this with extreme weather conditions (Sounds a bit like a family holiday I have been on). 

I will journey through 4 distinct climate zones on my way to the summit.


Mount Kilimanjaro Fundraiser
Target £5000 COMPLETED

Rainforest 800-2800m:
Drenched in heavy rains, this section remains lush and green year round. Colobus and Blue monkeys, the odd mongoose and lots of birds and insects can be found amongst the giant ferns, vines, juniper, fig and olive trees to name a few. On northern and western sides of the Kilimanjaro park you may even be able to spot elephant and buffalo tracks! There are lots of endemic flowers too for you to look out for including violets, orchids and the famous Impatiens Kilimanjari!

Heather and Moorland 2800-400m:
Known as the low alpine zone, you emerge from the forest into sparse vegetation. It can feel extremely fresh compared to the humidity of the forest, with temperatures getting down to 0C at times. Heather and shrubs blanket the ground and everything is much shorter due to this harsh environment. There are a few flowers to spot, but the most prominent feature are the Giant Lobelias, that grew like stubby palm trees! Unfortunately the only animals you are likely to see here are scampering striped mice or crows all foraging scraps of food dropped by passing trekkers!

Alpine Desert 4000-5000m:
A fairly inhospitable place, there is not much life in the desert apart from some tussock grasses and a few small flowers. It is brown, dusty and dry. With little to no shelter from the elements, intense radiation plagues the day and at night temperatures plummet to freezing. It is however a great part of the trek, as for the first time Kibo and its summit come in to full view. It is here that we begin to fully comprehend the journey we have embarked upon!

Summit Zone 5000-5895m:
From the desert we trek into arctic conditions and where oxygen is nearly half that of sea level. With little to no surface water there is no life apart from lichens which cling desperately to rocks hoping for a few droplets. The sun burns during the day and at night the cold is ferocious. We are now experiencing the fragility of life and so waste no time in our Kilimanjaro summit quest.

On the summit night we will walk up the mountain in the dark where there will be snow, from midnight till sunset which will take around 7 to 8 hours with temperatures dropping to -20°C (-5F) with the additional chill factor of the wind that is felt as low as -40 and not to forget the extreme altitude I'll be facing at 5,895m.

I have carried out many fund raising events over the last 5 years from Charity Balls to sponsored runs and even baking cakes for this great and worthy cause, but this by far will be the biggest challenge I have ever had to do (little bit scared and excited).

Most of you will know Violet was diagnosed with Autism in July 2009. As time has gone on we have learned more about Autism and have realised that Violet has no limitations. We took part in our first Son-Rise course at the end of January 2010 which provided us with all the knowledge and motivation we needed to begin to run our own home based Son-Rise Programme which we have continued with over the last 5 years.

Violet is almost 7 years old and has made excellent progress with her speech and language. Violet still has many challenges which she is working hard with every day but is still a very happy and loving little girl. Hopefully by the end of this year Violet will be at a level to start attending a special needs school a few half days a week and then maybe next year full time school supplemented with us running the son-rise programme on weekends and holidays.

Autism doesn't have to be a life sentence for Violet and we can honestly say that we are very optimistic and hopeful about the future for her. Any donation, no matter how small is very much appreciated and will go towards helping this amazing little girl continue on her journey to a better future. 

All monies raised will go towards funding Violets Son-Rise which relies on qualified child facilitators and support workers.

We really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for your donation.

Thank you

Alex & Toni


Any donation, no matter
how small is very much appreciated.