On the 28th of June 2011, I am happy to say with a group of almost 40 fantastic Irish challengers I successfully climbed to the peak of Uhuru 5895 metres via the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free standing mountain, all in aid of the Irish based charity “Concern”. It was an amazing exhilarating experience, at times I questioned my sanity but nevertheless it remains to be a fond memory that I will not forget. I had the privilege of meeting Jaka Magomo, a ground staff member of the Concern team who gratefully accepted the €150,000.00 raised by the group to fund their programmes. Jaka himself is involved personally with the Water and Enviromental programme and gave us an update on how they address the issue of access to safe water which is essential to maintain a healthy environment. It was satisfying to hear how appreciative Jaka was and to know that without these funds, circumstances would be very different and implementing change difficult.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody, individual or organisation that sponsored me and assure you that it was received with great appreciation and funds will be used wisely. I know that recessional times in Ireland remain difficult but it did not deter people’s generosity.
I continue to fundraise for Concern and should you have an old mobile phone that can be recycled I have left boxes in Templemore, in the Templemore Arms Hotel, Ryan’s Corner Shop and Pollys Pub. This is a fantastic yet painless way to help a much needed charity. The situation in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is tragic at present and this small gesture of an unused phone could help in a very meaningful way.
Thanking you again most sincerely. Julie Tarrant.