Hello friends, clients and all
As many of you will know as of 8th July I became officially old – 60!! I realise that many of you will find this hard to believe with my youthful good looks and athletic physique but it’s true! In order to mark the occasion, and to provide entertainment for you lot, I decided some time ago that I would return to the land of my birth, Tanzania, and make an assault on the worlds highest freestanding mountain – Kilimanjaro. At 5,895m or 19,341ft, Kili is only 2,950m lower than Mount Everest!! Surprisingly enough, I have managed to talk two of my good friends into accompanying me on this odyssey and we set off on Thursday 2nd August.
Some of you will recall me asking for sponsorship in the days when I could still run marathons, the last being 1999. Well as I have not bothered you since then I thought I’d have a go at raising some money for two charities, both of which are equally important to me.
The first is Macmillan Cancer Support who do an absolutely incredible and wonderful job of providing palliative care nurses for victims of cancer and their families, including advice and support with pain and symptom management right through to end of life care. We have all been touched by this disease in some form or another and whilst I pray that no-one reading this will ever need their services there are thousands who do. Please spare what you are able, every pound they receive makes a difference. All you need to do is click this link to be able to donate quickly and easily online: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Giles-vs-Kilimanjaro
The second cause I would like to help is a small fund raising operation started by my youngest daughter and several of her friends whilst visiting a rhino reserve in South Africa about four years ago. They were all so taken with these remarkable animals and their struggle against loss of habitat, breeding difficulties and the disgusting poaching and trade in rhino horn, that they were moved to begin fund raising for the privately run and funded reserve at Mankwe, SA. In fact, Anna now returns to Mankwe annually to help in the running of the reserve and its programmes and hopes to continue this line of conservation work once she finishes University. Whilst not a registered charity I assure you that all money raised is personally forwarded to the proprietors of the reserve who desperately need all the financial help they can get. If you would like to help protect and care for these extra-ordinary creatures, then you can donate to the cause online by simply clicking on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/climbing-kili-for-rhinos
Thank you for reading this and thank you to all of you who donate to either of the causes. Money is tight for all of us these days, but we can usually find something to spare if we try.