In September 2002,
following intensive physical training, I am going to climb Mount
Kilimanjaro – no easy challenge! Starting off on the lower
dense forested slopes, I will spend the following eight days,
allowing for acclimatisation, making my way to the glacier-covered
summit at 19,340ft. When I make it to the top – not only
will it be a personal achievement, - but also I will be making
a positive contribution to many people’s lives.
Every foot of the mountain I climb, every blister
I get, every shallow breath I breath, and every degree below zero
that I endure at night, will be worth all of the pain and effort
because I will be putting myself through it all in aid of The
St Thomas’ Lupus Trust. In the last decade this small charity,
which funds the lupus research, has contributed to many of the
advances in the treatment and management of the illness. Lupus
is a chronic debilitating disorder of the immune system. It is
a condition that causes inflammation of virtually any system or
organ of the body and can be life threatening. Nine out of ten
sufferers are women, and most in the prime of their lives. I have
a close friend with Lupus, and the research that St Thomas’
Hospital does needs as much funding as possible.
Continuing with the advances made by these research
doctors, supporters of the charity plan to raise funds even further
with ‘Climb Kilimanjaro’. Despite my physical and
mental training and preparation, the biggest challenge so far
will be finding the financial support to make this event a success
for the charity. This is where I hope you can come in, and I ask
that you please consider sponsoring me to endure this event.
In return for your support, and along with
the sincere thanks of the charity, please know that you would
be making a positive contribution to all of their hard work, and
making a difference to peoples’ lives.
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