Monthly Archives: August 2011

2 Weeks Until I climb a mountain

2 weeks today!

 

My how time flies when you are completely unprepared for the biggest adventure of your life. Unpacked, unfit and unaware of the enormity of the task that lay before me!

 

Ok not quite true. I’m going into panic mode again, I’m actually feeling really good about things and am finally feeling excited.

 

After a bout of sickness the other week, I’ve really got stuck into my training and am getting the boots on every day, making sure to do lots of lunges and squats and stretching at every possible moment to reduce cramping and muscle strain . I’m eating better and cutting out Alcohol so as to be able to feel good and have  a healthy body for the physical work I’m doing.

 

The wonderful people at Inspired Adventures have been a great support in organising the trip

Mentally, I’m preparing for the hours and hours of alone time with my thoughts and the serenity of being out and about in nature. No laptops, no electricity, no mobile service, no technology. Just me and the crew with the wilderness. Quite looking forward to it actually.

 

Emotionally, this is the part I keep forgetting. I am doing this for my late Grandpa. He was an inspirational and amazing man and that is why I am taking on this adventure. I love him so much and miss him a lot. Not a day goes by that I don’t talk about the climb or him. I’m finding that every walk now he is very present in my mind and the tears flow readily and regularly. He will drive me on but it will also be a lot of time of reflection. I’m interested to see how I cope on this front.

Financially, so much better. I was so so stressed about money in the lead up to this trip. There is quite a cost element to doing something like this but also there is the fundraising aspect. I want to do my very best to reach the personal goal I set for myself of $10,000, and now having reached my $3,500 minimum target, I feel that I am more motivated and able to do that! I’m so blessed to have had so many people support me and this great cause and only hope that the $$ continue to roll in!!

 

So in 2 weeks I set off on the biggest adventure of my life…. And I can’t WAIT!!

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 14 Days to go


Walkmeter App for Fitness Training

I’ve started to use an application on my phone to monitor my walks and training. It’s called Walkmeter and it’s super easy to use and also uploads to my social media sites. Of course I love this aspect of it as I love sharing what I’m doing with anybody and everybody who will listen.

You simply login to your facebook on the app when setting up, alter the settings for updates and how you want your walks to be recorded and then it’s just a matter of pushing start. It acts as a pedometer and can measure how far you walk, what your speed is, what your average time is and give you the stats at the end in a summary of your session. The app also stores your routes and shows you a map of where you have been.

 

These are the messages that come up on Facebook:

 

At the beginning of the walk:

Started Walk

Started Walk with Walkmeter at 12:13 PM, on a new route, see http://j.mp/oggyNR, Walkmeter will speak your messages and comments to me.

Map: http://j.mp/oggyNR

 

At the end of the walk:

Finished Walk

Finished Walk with Walkmeter, on a new route, time 1:23:23, 5.72 km, see http://j.mp/oggyNR, average 14:35 /km.

Map: http://j.mp/oggyNR

 

I’ve been told however that I need to get the times, speed and distance out of my head as when on the climb this can really throw you out. A past participant said that when you ask the African guides how far to go, they will never tell you in Km’s or minutes, they will most likely say “Just around the corner.” We know approximately how long we will walk for, but really we just have to just get into it and get on with it!

I’m enjoying having this app though as it keeps me motivated and gives me something to strive for. I’m keen to add more routes and re-visit the same routes and see how my training varies on different days.

 

The app is $5.95 but I think it’s worth it.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 15 Days to go


Thank you to all my Sponsors

I wanted to do a big thank you to all my sponsors and supporters so far.

 

I can’t list all the people who have helped me to sell more than 90 boxes of chocolates and all those who have purchased them. I can thank Cadbury Fundraising for supplying the delicious yet devilish chocolates. I think if I see another Freddo I’m going to lose my mind.

 

 

 

I’ve had so many lovely messages and kind words sent to me which have been a great inspiration. I wanted to share with you the messages left on my official fundraising page. These lovely thoughts will keep me going on this big adventure.

 

 

 

Sarah Lovell31/08/2011 13:17:20

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Onward and upward will be your motto!

Ross Kirby25/08/2011 23:01:55

 

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For my God daughter. From the Godfather

Louisa Marcham25/08/2011 21:15:51

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Good luck Em, what an amazing challenge!! Grandpa Jack would be so proud of you xxx

Jax Marcham22/08/2011 23:46:01

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Well done Emma and look forward to hearing all about it! So proud of you and Grandpa will be looking down on your so proudly too xxxx

Katie20/08/2011 01:45:37

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Good luck gorgeous.. am very proud of you cuz. Grandpa would be too xx

Sharni19/08/2011 09:49:49

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Good luck Emma! It’s a great thing you’re doing xoxo

Laurence14/08/2011 23:14:41

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Hey Emma! Your doing amazing things, keep it up : )

Vladimir Jankovic13/08/2011 18:21:46

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You worked hard and got what you wanted. Congratulations!

Jodie Murray09/08/2011 09:26:28

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Good Luck beautiful girl…what an amazing thing you are doing for your Grandpa…he would be so proud xxooxx

Lawrence Rathinam (BRUFA)08/08/2011 13:23:24

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Hi Emma. Wish you all the best. Admire your effort to help those in despair. Have a safe trip. God bless.

Lawrence Rathinam (BRUFA)08/08/2011 13:23:24

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Hi Emma. Wish you all the best. Admire your effort to help those in despair. Have a safe trip. God bless.

John and Joan Killick07/08/2011 13:45:12

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Dearest Aunty Joan and Uncle John Killick. God Bless your loving hearts. You are the greatest support and I am thankful to have you in my life!

Mel Bateman07/08/2011 13:41:59

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A beautiful girl and a generous donation. Thank you to Mel Bateman

Courtney Crow / http://www.ExplorerGirls.com07/08/2011 10:22:59

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Hey Emma, good on you for taking on such a huge goal and doing it for such good cause! We at http://www.ExplorerGirls.com support you and are inspired by you! We hope you reach all your goals with fund raising and the big climb…what an amazing adventure you will have! You go girl!

 

Can’t wait to read all about it on your blogs!

 

Enjoy the Ride!

ExplorerGirls.com

Brian Lovell08/07/2011 22:27:50

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Extra donation part 1

Brian Lovell08/07/2011 22:27:16

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Hi Em. Extra donation part 1, Love daddy xxx

Hannah DeMilta27/06/2011 18:24:30

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Good luck on your journey Emma!

Sharon Richardson13/06/2011 14:51:40

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Good luck sweetheart and best wishes !! Love Aunty Sharon and Uncle Mike

Sarah Lovell09/06/2011 20:52:30

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Hi Em, a little more to help you on your way. Proud of you.

Mumma Lovell09/06/2011 20:51:53

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A little more to help you on your way Em. So proud of you.

Emma Lovelly on behalf of friends09/06/2011 16:47:05

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Thank you to Trevor, Cuz Bill and Aunty Linda and Uncle Colin for their Cash in hand donations!! These have been added to the total and mean a lot

Juana10/05/2011 10:21:55

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I wish you every success Emma. I really admire your confidence

Robert Brown10/05/2011 09:27:31

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Emma – your journey and reason is very close to my own families concern, with our mother

 

Good luck and travel safe

Chris Jensen09/05/2011 15:37:48

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I’m very jealous of your adventure Emma. Hope you have a great time.

Laurence09/05/2011 14:37:37

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Good luck Emma : ) Good on you, your work is inspiring to me.

David09/05/2011 14:18:27

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Emma, best of luck

David09/05/2011 14:17:34

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The best of Luck Emma

Lisa Rubio09/05/2011 13:25:11

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Good luck Emma. We are part of Juana’s family and think very highly of your dad. He is very proud of you.

Tania V08/03/2011 13:13:19

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Emma – Good on you for for taking on this amazing adventurous fundraiser in memory of your grandad. It really is such a special, worthwhile cause, and we wish you well.

Love Tania, Karla and Olivia xxx

Rach Thomas14/01/2011 14:24:08

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Haha typo I meant to say ‘two’. Happy to help support you in your great goal – hope you reach the $10000!

Rach Thomas14/01/2011 14:18:49

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Wow Em! What a great adventure you are taking on and for such a great cause. All the best for the climb – i’m sure you will do it with ease as you are so motivated and will have too angels looking out for you Xx

ELiza, Cathy and James Ajaka30/12/2010 09:47:58

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Good luck Emma! A great cause!!!

Rebecca Robey25/11/2010 08:05:35

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Congrats Em, this will certainly be a rewarding challenge..I’m sure your Grandpa would be very proud of you 🙂 Can’t wait to see the photos!!! All the best, Beck and Darren from Hanrob

Will Jeffries23/11/2010 11:07:41

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Very impressive! good luck!

Bob Kelso17/11/2010 01:45:01

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Ms Lovell(Y) – Please be careful on your climb. And your CUZZY Bill is a great friend.

Jess12/11/2010 11:52:16

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YAAA! You are so adventurous! Go girl climb that mountain!

Jessica Ross11/11/2010 14:18:58

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Hi Emma,

I don’t know you but I found this on Sharne’s page on facebook. It’s a great cause, good luck!

Sharne Lawson11/11/2010 13:48:42

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Best of luck, Emma!

Chantelle Akapi10/11/2010 22:25:17

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Good luck Emma!! Awesome cause BTW xo

Brian Lovell10/11/2010 17:00:52

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Hi Emma darling. This is a great campaign both as a personal goal but also for the benefit of Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families. Lots of love, Daddy xxx

Mitch W09/11/2010 09:55:08

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Good luck, Em! 🙂

 

 

Minimise Messages

 
 
Goal: $10,000

Raised: $4,075

Sponsors: 56

41% of goal achieved

Andrea Lovell 

 

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 16 Days to go

 

 


Sober Sally for the Win

As of today, I’m a Sober Sally. No Alcohol at all until I’ve completed my Mt Kilimanjaro climb.

 

It’s going to be tough at times- with some big parties planned and even farewells party, but otherwise it won’t be too bad. I’ve done it before, 3 times in fact, given up alcohol for a month and it’s really been beneficial.

 

The reason behind giving up the booze is so that I have more focus on my training, can achieve more in more days and I have the minimal amount of toxins in my body. I do need to moderate my diet and eat less sweets, but this is a good start.

 

I find I can train harder and more effectively when I have a clear head and a fresh face. A drink here or there is ok, but the problem with 1 is it can quickly lead to many. So I think this is also a good training technique, for me, it teaches determination, perseverance and resilience. I’ll need these skills on my challenge to keep me going and to keep motivated on my climb.

So hold off the celebratory drinks until September 24th when I come back down from that mountain. My friend has advised that the first drink after the climb will floor me! But it will be worth it and well deserved.

 

Have you ever done a month or more of sobriety? Dry July? Sober October?  Share with me your experiences.

 

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 23 Days to go


It’s my birthday – Make a donation to my Challenge

Today is my Birthday! I’m 24!! Happy Birthday to me!

 

As a special birthday gift, I’m asking everyone to donate $24 – A perfect donation would be $24 – $1 for every year that I’ve been alive.

 

Donations can be made here: http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

Image courtesy of Karen Graham

I’m excited for my birthday, but I’m even more excited that in just 23 Days I’m going to start the adventure of a lifetime. Climbing the largest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

 

I undertake this challenge as part of the Climb2Remember team for the benefit of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. I am actually the champion of this event and was the one who from day 1 helped to get it off the ground. Cannot believe in just 23 short days all that hard work will come to fruition.

 

I’ve raised a lot of money so far, but my goal is $10,000 and I still have a ways to go! For this bithday, for this year only, I ask for absolutely NO PRESENTS. I don’t want gifts of any kind, all I would like from you is a generous donation to my charity fundraising page.

 

$5, $10, $20 or $100, whatever you can spare! Every $$ counts.

 

Your generosity and support will mean a lot to me on this special day, my birthday.

Grandpa's lovely birthday in 2006

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 23 Days to go


Beautiful Bracelets from Miss Mia Jewellery

On Sunday 27th July, my friend Steph and I hosted the Climb 2 Harry Potter Movie Event. This was a fundraiser for our upcoming Mt Kilmanjaro Climb 2 Remember for Charity. The event was a great success and we would like to thank one of our great sponsors and supporters, Miss Mia Jewellery.

 

Karen from Miss Mia Jewellery donated 50 of her beautiful bracelets to our goodie bags to be given to all of our guests. The bracelets were a lovely way to say thank you to all of our supporters who came to the event.

 

 

The bracelets are hand made using beautiful beads of crystal, natural gems andsemi precious stones. Each of our bracelets came with a lovely charm inclusing elephants and hearts.

 

If you would like to purchase some of these unique pieces or learn more about Miss Mia Jewellery, Visit www.missmiajewellery.com.au

 

Or visit the Facbeook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Mia-Jewellery/196634250392215?sk=wall

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 26 Days to go


Flashbacks to Africa

The drive, the motivation and the inspiration for my epic Kilimanjaro climb adventure came from my first visit to Africa in 2008. As I train and prepare to again visit the amazing and diverse continent, I’m having flashbacks of my first experience.

 

Meeting my Sponsor Child in Tanzania in a Masai Village

My trip in 2008 began on 1st December in South Africa. I spent 9 days staying with my friend in her family home and seeing the lovely sites of Cape Town. We partied, patted cheetahs, watched amazing sunsets, frolicked on the beach and visited the amazing wine regions. I had a wonderful time there but sadly received some devastating news towards the end of my stay.

 

A call at 3am is never good, no matter where you are in the world, as I answered and heard my fathers shaky voice – I knew what had happened. My dear Grandpa Jack had passed away after living with the disease Alzheimer’s for 4 years. He was at peace, but I had lost one of my greatest mentors and inspirations. Most of all, I was so sad that I couldn’t be there with my dad in his time of need.

 

Fortunately, I was only to be in Arica for another 6 days and was actually on route to England after my short trip. I would make it in time to attend the funeral and to be the support that my dad and other family members needed at the time.

 

I had to put that out of my head and focus on the next part of my trip, no easy task, but Africa is a great place to take your mind off the rest of the world.

 

Meeting my elephant Kimana in Nairobi, Kenya

My next destination was Nairobi, Kenya. The flight to Kenya was really not very pleasant and I don’t recommend Kenya Airways, but that was the only option on offer- now I know better. A brief stay in Kenya- and a lovely welcome from my tour/ booking agent there- Chris. He met me at my hotel (which by the way was a rude shock! The accommodation was VERY basic and it was a definite sign that I was in a third world country) and put me at ease about my trip.

 

6 hour bus the next day to arrive in Arusha, Tanzania. I was again met by a lovely man from the tour company, Hakim, who ensured I would be safe in the trip and took me to my hotel. Now safe and sound in East Africa- I faced my next challenge – arranging to visit my gorgeous Sponsor Child in his remote Masai village. This is the sole reason I had come to Africa, and with my World Vision contact in Tanzania in contactable, I began to panic. Calls to Australia, USA, and Africa trying to hunt down the person I would meet were an epic challenge and left me exhausted.

 

At 9pm the night before I was to meet my sponsor child, the call came in- My host would meet me at 8am at the hotel and all is fine. Hakuna Matata (it means no worries) hahaha. Argh!

 

The beautiful children in my Sponsor Child's village

And all was fine – read this article to learn more about the single most incredible experience of my life, meeting my sponsor child Lazaro. Still the most amazing and life changing encounter I have had.

 

After my visit to my sponsor child, I explored Arusha and was taken out by my now friend Hakim to see some of the nightlife of Arusha. You should always have a friend or guide when in town.

 

Back to Nairobi on the 13th December after just 2 days in Tanzania. I had a full day of sightseeing including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Centre- Elephant orphanage where I sponsored a baby elephant and got to play with him. I then went to the Giraffe sanctuary and made out with a giraffe, followed by a trip to animal park where I watched Alligators being fed and was offered to ride an ostrich. I finished the day by visiting my driver’s small village, meeting his wife, sisters in law, nieces and nephews and new baby Robyn. An incredible and heart warming experience – and all in one day! I also went to the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi and stuffed myself full of exotic meats.

Giving gifts to my darling Sponsor Child Lazaro

 

I left Africa after just 13 days with some of the most incredible experiences under my belt. It was on the plane to England that would change my drive and ambition for the next 3 years and led me to this moment. I read an article on people who do charity challenges in honour of loved ones- and of course, this story was about Kilimanjaro. I had actually driven past Moshi and the amazing Mt Kilimanjaro on my way to the Masai village to meet my sponsor child and had said to myself “I’m coming back for you!” This article had me in tears and I knew then the way I could honour my grandpa and say a proper goodbye – I would Climb Mt Kilianjaro to raise money for Alzheimer’s. It was a promise.

 

2.5 short years later, and I will be able to achieve this goal. This isn’t so much a lifelong dream, as a promise with a passionate and determined drive to fulfill that goal.

 

I can’t wait to see what this experience of Africa will entail and I’m really enjoying remembering my first incredible trip to the continent.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 28 Days to go


Backpack –check, Water bottle – check, Thermals – check

I think I’m almost there with the packing! Well I haven’t actually packed everything into the bag and seen how that all works, but I do believe I have most of my kit.

 

When I first pulled out my packing list 3 months ago, I nearly had a heart attack. 3 pages long and with multiple items to each line, I was seriously unprepared in the kit department. No backpack, no waterproof jackets and most importantly, no boots. No one can go on a climb without boots! After the panic has subsided, I started to pool my resources and see what I actually did have.

Many a visit here will have me well prepared for the Climb

 

After marking off 5 of the 100 items on my list, I knew I was in serious trouble. A few stressed out whiney calls to friends and some solid reassurance that things would all come together and I had started to collect myself. Of course I then rang my mother and being the awesome mum she is, she set about in ghathering some of the items and made a bee line for every Adventure store in the market. Her shopping skills were finally being put to good use.

 

Now less than a month from the trip, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the essentials and most of my bases covered. My ski gear including huge puffer jacket and goretex gloves are going to be a saving grace. I also had a few sets of thermals so that saved me a few dollars. A trip to Kathmandu saw me purchase a pair of highly important wool socks, my camel pack water bladder and a microfiber towel – all things I had wanted for a long time but finally got the push to buy.

 

My snow gear should come in handy on this trip

Big thanks to my housemate who is lending me his big goretex, ultra warm ultra waterproof jacket. Another friend has lent me his backpack – as even though I have travelled the world many a time, I’m not a ‘true’ backpacker for I never travel with a backpack. And then Mumma who has kitted me out with day pack, walking poles, first aid kit, headlamp, drink bottle and so much more.

 

It’s getting closer and closer now and with the weight of the packing and gear off my mind, I can focus on wearing the items and getting in the much needed hours of walking.

 

Where is the memo that says preparing for a climb is a challenge and months and months of prep! By far the most prep I’ve ever done.

 

Please send forward any information, tips or suggestions on how I can better prepare myself for this epic challenge that’s ahead of me.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 29 Days to go

 


City 2 Surf 2011

The World’s Largest Fun Run and my prep for climbing a mountain!!

 

City 2 Surf is one of my favourite events of the year. I really would like to get into more sporting events such as this but at the moment, this is the big kahuna and the one I make an effort for.

 

14km of hills, amazing views of harbour and the beach, and 85,000 people puffing and panting as they take on the arduos adventure.

Heartbreak HILL

 

This was my 4th year in the city to surf and I was again a part of the UTS Team. I love doing it with such a large team and being able to meet new people as well as catch up with old friends. I tend to run alone but if I see fellow UTS’ers I can run/ walk with them for some company. I also use them as goals/ targets to keep me on track- either to keep up with ot overtake any UTS people I see hehe. You need games like this when you’re doing such an event.

 

Look out for the UTS jerseys!

 

This year I was in the yellow group which I was a bit annoyed about as I had worked my way up to green group. One I didn’t do such a great time last year and two I registered later and so my team placed me in the yellow. It sucks cos you leave 1 hour after the race starts and with about 40,000 people in front of you! When I was green there would have only been maybe 5,000 or so in front.

SO MANY PEOPLE!

 

I did a time under 100 minutes two years ago, 98 minutes to be precise which got me into this group.

 

I knew last year would be tough due to my back injury from late 2009, so I did my best and was proud to still run a pretty solid amount and get under 2 hours. This year I was sick for 6 days, and did no exercise in the 9 days leading up. Mylungs and chest struggled at the start of the course in the cold and rain and my body felt stiff. I didn’t think I would make it and started to question my fitness for the huge challenge of a mountain climb which I will be undertaking in just under a month! But I got into a rhythym, pushed past the the mental barriers and told myself to get on with it. I ran as fast as I could as far as I could when I felt the energy bursts and set goals- and to my surprise and delight, I managed to do under 2 hours again.

 

I decided this time with my handy dandy i-phone to alsl Facebook status update as I went along. It was fun and actually became a bit of a game, something else to keep me on track, knowing others were watching my progress. I updated from:

–       Start line waiting in the yellow pack

–       5km mark about my lungs and viral infection not helping

–       7km mark- half way. Top of heart break hill

–       10km, keep going!

–       12km- almost there, feet don’t fail me now

–       Beach done!

–       Bus queue-  hour wait!~

 

It was a great thing to do in the lead up to my big mountain climb, and nice to know that at least I don’t have to run it. Now with just 31 days to go! (leave exactly a month from today) it’s time to get on with the training and get as fit as humanly possible in this time!! Or Emma possible 😉

 

 

City to Surf is also coming to Melbourne in November – City 2 Sea!! Excitting. Who will be joining me in this inaugral event? Up for the challenge?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 31 Days to go


Birthday/ Farewell/ Fundraiser Party SUCCESS

Last night I had my elaborately named birthday/farewell/fundraiser party! And it went swimmingly!

I cannot thank the people who attended enough! Their love and support really showed through and I just could not stop smiling.

I raised a couple of hundred dollars extra for my cause, but most importantly, I raised awareness for the Climb2Remember and the wonderful charity I’m doing it for, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

 

The party wasn’t all about the fundraiser – it was also a celebration of my birthday (which is next week August 20th) and also my leaving Sydney for my new home town, Melbourne. This was to be the last weekend for perhaps 2 months that I’d be up in Sydney so I wanted to make the most of it and why not kill 3 birds with 1 stone and have a MULTI theme/ reason party.

I loved catching up with my friends and family in the gorgeous Club Bar of the CBD Hotel. The venue was fab and I was really impressed with the staff, the food and the room itself. A pool table, bright red walls with stylish map shdes and a very shabby chic antiquey feel to it. Definitely somewhere I would book again and a lovely place to spend time with friends.

For more on Club Bar

 

 

So my fundraising page is now at $3500 – only $25 from my minimum fundraising target set by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW for the climb. I’m so pleased and just can’t wait to see the total keep going up and up as the time approaches.

I love to Party and I think having a celebration such as the one last night was a great way to say Happy Birthday, All the best for the move and Good luck for the big adventure! So thanks to those who said it!!

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

 

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 32 Days to go

 


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