It’s my birthday!! So i’m giving the gift of education

In a few weeks it will be my 28th birthday (eek) and as has become my tradition, I do not ask for personal gifts but instead reach out to my loved ones for their generosity.

As many of you know, I’m a passionate supporter of the work of World Vision Australia and have enjoyed my recent work with them, but also my ongoing role as a Blog Ambassador. A group of us ambassadors have come together with the goal of each raising $2015 in 2015 to support vulnerable street kids in Tanzania with education, care and protection.

Meeting my sponsor child and his family in Tanzania in 2008

Meeting my sponsor child and his family in Tanzania in 2008

Tanzania is close to my heart and I truly believe that education is a gift that keeps on giving. I’m asking for just $20.15 (yes, do you see what I’ve done there wink emoticon ) In order to reach my goal of $2015. So if 100 people give $20.15, I’ll be there in no time. That’s 5% of my Facebook friends (yes, a lot, i know!)

So please help me in celebrating my upcoming birthday by donating to the children of Tanzania and giving them the gift of education.

THANKS and yay birthdays!!

You can donate here: https://2015in2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-lovell 

Helping children like Lazaro to get an education in Tanzania is so close to my heart

Helping children like Lazaro to get an education in Tanzania is so close to my heart

More about the campaign here:

Join World Vision Blog Ambassadors’ $2015 in 2015 Challenge and support Tanzanian street kids with education, care and protection.

Financial hardship, family disintegration and abuse are driving more and more children to live alone on the streets in Morogoro, Tanzania. However life on the streets is dangerous and children have limited access to education, healthcare or income.

The Hope Street Children Project supports street kids in Morogoro with shelter, food, healthcare, education, counselling, and where possible reunites them with their families. Read more about the project on the World Vision Australia Blog.

Helping these gorgeous faces with the gift of education!!

Helping these gorgeous faces with the gift of education!!

Dismas (MUFASA) Alex, TANZANIA, Travel Profile

Introducing you to Tanzania by Dismas (Mufasa) Alex.

 

Mufasa is a dear friend to me who I only recently met on my amazing and epic journey, Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. As head guide, mufasa is responsible for all arrangements with staff and for the primary care of all 9 international participants on the trip. He commands his crew and orchestrates his tribe incredibly for a seamless and highly enjoyable tour.

 

I cannot wait to go back to Tanzania (planning 2 years time) to see more of the wonderful country and with my best guide and dear “Rafiki” (friend) by my side.

 

Read more about wonderful Tanzania from Mufasa and see his contact details below for those who are going!

 

 

1. Name: Dismas Alex (MUFASA)

 

2. Occupation: Tourism

 

3. Country of Residence: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

 

4. Country of Origin: Tanzania

 

8 NORTHER ICE FIELDS FROM THE RIM

5. email/contact/ website ( If happy to be published on a website):

dismasguide@hotmail.com, safaris@tanganyikaparks.com

P.O.BOX 7711, MOSHI

Cell: +255 768 848 323; + 255 658 848 323

 

6. Why do you love Travel? I feel happy to participate and deliver my community with responsible travel caring about nature flora and fauna living free in wilderness.

 

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa), been there more than 150 times. I feel freedom of mind on the highest peak of Africa, as on the foothills where I grew up in Marangu volcanic fertile land, God given us. I’m so proud of it.

 

Snows of Kili background

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Places in combination eco-tourism Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro & Serengeti.

 

9. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

I love my country Tanzania; more important, it’s a peaceful country; If it happens I’d like to live in any country similar as my home country.

 

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

That is during my childhood, when I first climbed Kilimanjaro 14 years ago; with no proper gearsuntil 4,600 meters, and that I was happy getting closer to those big blocks of permanent glaciers I use to see from the bottom, and also landscape when on Ngorongoro crater rim and Serengeti endless plain with vast wild beast migration.

11. Favourite activity when around your city?

Chatting and exchanging tourism ideas with friends and colleagues

 

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I know most of my country places of interest physically in spite of the fact that more exploring needed (eco-tourism) to the new places for Tourists to visit as Tanzania is big and believed to have plenty of virgin interesting places to visit.

 

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Others are normal like any other country, to bring/have copy of their yellow fever certificate.

 

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Novels and movies featuring Tanzania, so they can have an idea what kind of a country they are going to visit

October 2011

 

15. The best book to read before visiting your country?

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernst Hemingway.

 

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Ugali (stiff porridge- corn flour) Banana stew, banana beer,

 

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

“Karibu” – Welcome

“Hakuna matata” – No worries, no problems

“pole pole” – slowly slowly

“Poa kichizi kama ndizi” Crazy cool like a banana.

 

Our mountain tent

18. Best time of year to visit?

All year around, except the raining season March & April for hikers

 

19. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Tanzania the land of “Kilimanjaro”, “Serengeti”, “Ngorongoro” & “Zanzibar”

 

Emma and Mufasa on the SUMMIT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

KILIMANJARO

Mountain Guides & safari Outfitters

Post Office               Home Address:-

7711 Moshi              Taifa rd.

East Africa               Tanzania

Phone +255 768 848 323

E-mail: dismasguide@hotmail.com

Climbing/Safaris & Beaches

Top 5 Kili Blogs

  • Backdate to 18th august 2011

     

    In preparation for my big Kili climb, I’ve decided to research and read other people’s blogs, stories and experiences for inspiration. Here are the Top 5 I have found and the reasons why I enjoyed them so much.

     

    1. Karen Graham, Explorer Girl

    Karen Graham is a talented photographer and travel writer. She climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago and posted this wonderful article on Exploregirls.com. She gave a brilliant account of her experience and posted some incredible photos.

     

    Mt Kilimanjaro Article – http://www.explorergirls.com/node/4730

    Read more from her blog – http://www.explorergirls.com/blog/18

    1. Andyonthemountain

    Andy on the Mountain is a short blog about Andy’s experience of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. From inspiration to the experience itself and the reflection. I really like the focus of this blog and his detailed description of his experience.

    http://www.andyonthemountain.com/

    1. Mt Kilimanjaro Travel Guide

     

    You can’t get more specific to Mt Kilimanjaro then the Mt Kilimanjaro Ttravel Guide. Described as the one stop shop, there’s a whole lot on here including forums, Kilimanjaro articles by all different authors, advice on climbing and also other information on Africa. It’s a good way to get some facts on the experience of the climb.

     

    http://www.mtkilimanjarologue.com/

     

    1. She’s 50- she climbed Kilimanjaro

     

    This article on journey woman is more like a poem/ reflective piece than an informative piece and I really enjoyed it

    . It’s nice to be able to follow the thought process of a person climbing the mountain. Especially someone who would perhaps not usually be a mountaineer-  gives the rest of us some hope. A great piece! 

    http://www.journeywoman.com/olderadv/kilimanjaro.html

     

    1. Inspired Adventures Blog

     

    Of course this would make my top 5 list as this is the group I’m going to do my Kilimanjaro challenge with. There are stories and experiences on here from past participants which is great motivation for me before I head off. Also a breakdown of the trip from one of the group leaders. This is  a great read for anyone taking on the trip to know what’s in store for them.

    http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/blog/2011/06/14/mount-kilimanjaro/

    Please send through links to other blogs or stories you have read about Kilimanjaro that might help me prepare or get excited for my adventure.

     

     

    I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

     

    You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

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

     

    KILI COUNTDOWN – 27 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

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

 

Itinerary for Climbing a Mountain

As I keep talking about my Climb2Remember challenge, I realised that most people won’t even know what the Climb2Remember is or entails. This is a Climb to Kilimanjaro and it will run over 2 weeks. I will be doing the trek to the summit and back over 7 days and the adventure is run via Inspired adventures with the beneficiary being Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

Here is my itinerary so you know exactly what’s involved:

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14 September: Day 1 Depart Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne)

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15 September: Day 2 / Marangu

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met and transferred to Hotel Nakara in Marangu, approx 85km from Kilimanjaro airport. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day. In the evening there will be a briefing on the trek. You will be able to leave your normal travelling bag and any excess luggage at Hotel Nakara to be collected upon your return.

Meals included: none

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16 September: Day 3 / Simba Camp

After breakfast at your hotel you will meet up with your porters and guides and transfer to Rongai Gate where you will complete registration procedures. The climb begins from the village of Nale Moru at around 1950 metres. Today’s walk is about three to four hours, beginning on a small path that winds its way through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. A gradual ascent through attractive forest brings us to the edge of the moorland zone at around 2600 metres. Extensive views over the Kenyan plains will be a highlight of today’s camp. Note that it can be wet in the rainforest. The night is spent camping at Simba Camp. Meals included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Image found here

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17 September: Day 4 / Kikelewa Camp After breakfast, you will set off at around 8am to head up to the Kikelewa Caves. Today your walking time will be about six to seven hours. From your overnight campsite a steady ascent is made up to ‘Second Cave’ at 3450 metres. Here you are rewarded with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields of the crater rim. Leaving the main trail after lunch we travel across the moorland on smaller paths towards the jagged

Mawenzi peaks. Tonight we camp near Kikelewa Caves at 3800 metres. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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18 September: Day 5 / Mawenzi Tarn

Today’s walk is a shorter one at three to four hours but involves some steeper sections. After leaving camp, a short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by a real sense of wilderness and stunning all-round views. The vegetation zone is left behind shortly before we reach our next campsite at Mawenzi Tarn at around 4330 metres. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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19 September: Day 6 / Mawenzi Tarn

Today will be spent acclimatising to maximise your summit success chances. Acclimatisation walks will be planned with plenty of rest. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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20 September: Day 7 / Kibo Camp

Today we will walk for four to five hours as we cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp tonight is at Kibo Camp at about 4730 metres. This campsite is spectacularly located at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in final preparation for tomorrow’s summit ascent. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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21 September: Day 8 / Summit and Horombo Camp Every year on 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day unites people living with dementia around the world. There are more than 36 million people with dementia worldwide and by conquering the world’s highest free-standing mountain on World’s Alzheimer’s Day, you will be helping to fight to make sure that dementia is recognised as a global health priority.

Today will be a big day, and a climb to remember as we challenge ourselves with 11-15 hours of walking! We will start the final and by far the steepest, most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight at around 1am. We walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point at 5685 metres. We will rest there for

a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak at 5895 metres, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descent to Kibo, at 4700 metres, is surprisingly fast and, after some rest, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo at 3720 metres. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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22 September: Day 9 / Nakara

A final day of five to seven hours walking precedes a well earned rest at Hotel Nakara in Marangu. A steady descent takes us down through the moorland to Mandara Hut at 2700 metres. The descent continues through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu at 1700 metres where you will be met by the vehicle and transferred back to the hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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23 September: Day 10 / Arusha

Today you will be transferred by a private 25 seater coaster van from hotel Nakara to the Arusha Hotel. The rest of the day will be a free day to rest and recover from the climb. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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24 September: Day 11 / Departure Day

Today you will be transferred from the Arusha Hotel to Kilimanjaro airport by private coaster van for your flight to Australia. Meals included: Breakfast

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25 September: Day 12

Travelling via Nairobi and Bangkok back to Australia.

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26 September: Day 13

Welcome home!

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So that’s quite an adventure right!! I’m looking forward to it, but also reading this makes me a bit nervous as there is still a lot of preparation I need to do. Going to get my walking boots on now!!

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: 41 Days to go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit 15% of my Fundraising Target

So excited that today i have hit 15% of my Fundraising Target!!

 

My goal is $10,000!!

 

I’m raising this for my Climb 2 Remember in honour of my late Grandpa Jack. I’ll be Climbing a massive mountain, the largest freestanding mountain the world, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

 

To view my fundraising page and donate, visit

 

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

I’m so excited!

We have our Harry Potter Movie event coming up.

Buy tix here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209019039137319

 

We’re also raising money thjrough chocolate selling!

 

I’m gonna get there! Just need to keep pushing!!