Mount Kili & Anago - Such Potential
Imagine being raised in an environment where you do not feel safe at home - some, most or all of the time. Imagine the one(s) you turn to in time of need not being there when you need them most. I was raised in a similar atmosphere where both of my parents struggled with alcohol. Almost every weekend, they turned to alcohol and it often times got violent. When sober, they were amazing! When intoxicated...not so much so. (As an aside, my mother passed away a number of years ago from cancer and I'm proud to say my dad for several years now rarely consumes alcohol!) I am not perfect, but I was fortunate to find what I consider the right paths in life. Unfortunately, many in similar and varying related circumstances do not. Being a police officer in London, Ontario, I sadly see the results of this far too often.
I am currently a board member for a wonderful non-profit organization that provides young males who've found themselves in conflict with the law, opportunities to learn that life does not have to continue down this path. Anago operates both King Street Detention Centre and Genest Detention Centre in London (among services for other vulnerable individuals within London and other surrounding communities) and strives to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for all. www.anago.on.ca
A couple years ago, I had a life-changing experience after my wife paid for a skydive for me (silly me for mentioning I'd like to try it ). Jumping from a plane 8000' in the sky (and surviving), made the inspirational statement of "being able to do anything you want in life" a reality for me. After that, I thought "what next?"! After meeting a couple people who had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, I then started thinking about tackling the challenge. With the support and encouragement of my wife, I committed to the challenge of climbing and summiting the 19,341' high mountain in Africa...in January 2017.
Realizing that we're all faced with many mountains throughout our lives - some more difficult to climb than others - I am incorporating this fundraising initiative with my climb for Mount Kilimanjaro. Any amount you are able to donate will support Anago with providing more opportunities for these young males in hopes that they too can get on the right track in life and conquer any mountains they are faced with.
Anago (Non) Residential Resources Inc. is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (charitable registration #: 11908 0422 RR0001). A tax receipt will be provided for any donation exceeding $20 upon request and receipt of your full name and mailing address. Please send request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had three guides and 26 porters for the six of us...we were well taken care of! It took six days to climb up to the peak of the mountain (19,341') and only two days to come down. The views at all areas of the mountain were unbelievable!
When we got to the top, we only spent about 45 minutes there, as there is only 50% of oxygen as there is at sea level. The glaciers at the top were beautiful! They are melting fairly quickly and are expected to be gone within the next 20 years.
The way down, even though only took two days, at times felt like an eternity. I was so happy to reach our destination as my feet and legs were killing me! With it being downhill the entire way, my toes were being jammed into the front of my boots with each step. Aside from that, it was truly a magnificent experience!
Again, I want to thank everyone for their support. For those who were able to donate financially to my cause, please know that your contribution will be put toward efforts of helping male youth in conflict with the law with getting on the right track in life.
Thank you to Mike Maloney for interviewing me, and to Scott Taylor for posting the story in the Our London paper. For those who haven't read it, it can be found here: http://www.ourlondon.ca/news-story/6814932-london-cop-ready-to-climb-for-the-kids/
Thank you as well to Lisa Brandt and Ken Eastwood for interviewing me live on CJBK radio on September 1st. For those wanting to listen to it, it is currently posted on Anago's website: http://www.anago.on.ca/
Again, thank you to all who have and continue to support me through this journey. Together, we can all make a difference!