Friday, 9 October 2015

A Dig Deep Adventure to the Summit of Killimanjaro - by Jason Blanchard

Climbing a mountain of the scale of Kilimanjaro is no easy feat, it can be daunting and maybe even horrifying at first thought however this is nothing compared to the ordeal that many people face across Africa on a day to day basis just for survival. 

Dig Deep have for many years now focused on providing these people with the basic human right of clean water and sanitation and it is this helping hand that will always be there for its fundraisers no matter what challenge they face. It was my pleasure this year to have the opportunity to raise money for such a great charity and great cause.

My time on the climb could not have been more varied from the nerves and anxiety at the bottom to the optimism and yet realisation of magnitude in the middle to the ecstasy and elation at the summit. This role coaster of emotions included laughs, tears but more importantly unforgettable memories that I will take with me for the rest of my life. 

I would just like to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude to all the Dig Deep staff that were the first smiling face I saw right back in September when fundraising began to the final wave when I left on the climb to the proud welcoming upon my return and sad goodbye for the airport. I really do now feel like one of the Dig Deep family and I thank you all for that.

In addition I would like to mention all of the staff that helped organise our safaris and other amazing trips as well as all the friendly staff at numerous hotels we stayed at. Last but by no means least, I need to say a very massive thank you to the incredibly hard working porters that carry your supplies, your spirits and often you up the mountain all with a kind and patient pole pole manner about them. 

I can't thank everyone enough and look forward to continue helping Dig Deep any way I can even just to repay them a tiny bit of the experience they afforded me this summer.

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