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.
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.
Alex & Toni