It’s taken a wee while but finally we are getting on track with our Kilimanjaro project – possible date is 9 september 2013 – leaving from Edinburgh. Already 2 of us are signed up – Janette McPherson and me. A guy in Huddersfield has emailed to say he’d like to know more! Great. Eight others have expressed an interest – I tweeted about it yesterday and one of the people who follows me (and I her) sent a message to say she was seriously interested too.
It is going to be a really tough challenge but that is why we have 2 years to get ready. My daft way of training – to ‘walk’ the 5000 miles to kilimanjaro has been delayed by a month because of injury and illness – minor but annoying. However I am excited to be getting going on that again on 1 Sept.
I am taking advantage of the down time to figure out how I am going to finance the trek. Each of us will have to pay our own way – £2500 and raise a min of £1000 for the charity. No exceptions. Indeed I believe as co-founder of this charity and trek leader I need to lead by example and so have started by clearing out the attic, garage, kitchen cupboards, wardrobe (ok, I got a bit carried away and addicted to the clear out process) and have started selling on ebay, gumtree, facebook, twitter and at events. I am putting off doing a car boot sale – they just aren’t the fun they used to be.
Already I have found I do not like ebay. Finding that you have sold something for a quid and have to post it off in 48 hours isn’t my idea of fun.
Gumtree is proving good so far.
I have made over £250 already. There is still lots to sell too so I am sure that I can indeed get to that £2500 saving by the end of 2012. The bonus is that the house is much tidier already – not just because I am selling anything that hasn’t been used in a year but also by searching for those items I have dusted, polished and hoovered wherever I have gone (ok, not in the attic but I did take a brush up there and sweep it!) I also have two birthdays and two christmases between now and then too and have asked for money instead of a gift.
Janette’s plan for saving involves much baking. She is a world class baker – indeed should be on the Great British Bake off. She plans to bake and sell at her work. Everyone loves Janette’s baking.
If you have other ideas for us do get in touch!
We have big plans for our little elephants, Elmar, Ellie and Ailsa.
Ellie is covered in photos of the babies, children and young people who have fought or are fighting cancer. She is to remind us why we are doing this trek. Elmar is going to be covered in logos – any individual or business who donates £100 or more to our Kili fundraising can have their logo or business card put on Elmar. Ailsa is our well read elephant. She is off to Wigtown Book Festival end of the month to be signed by as many authors as we can get! (and we plan to ask a few of our local resident authors here in Edinburgh to sign her too). Wigtown BF have been incredibly welcoming to Ailsa and are excited to have her for the duration of their festival and we are most grateful to them for that. Once she has lots of signatures she will be sealed with varnish and along with sets of signed books will be auctioned at our Inaugural Ball in March next year.
If you are interested in any part of our Kilimanjaro trek or fundraising ideas please get in touch
An information meeting about the Trek will be held on Saturday 1 October 2011 from noon to 2pm at Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. If you’d like to come along to hear more from the Really Wild Challenge company we plan to use, email me.