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Mount Kilimanjaro Trek for Education

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For this charity challenge, I will attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro on a 10-day expedition in June 2019

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the continent of Africa, and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. The summit stands at 5,895 metres or 19,300 feet. 

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For my efforts, I am hoping to raise as much money as I can for two excellent children's causes;

(1) Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal
https://www.classroomsintheclouds.org/

(2) St. Joseph's Charity School, Vietnam
https://www.facebook.com/stjosephscharityschool/


'Classrooms in the Clouds' improves education for Nepalese children living in remote mountainous regions. It is run by volunteers, and the money raised goes towards building schools, sponsoring teachers, and giving the children much needed facilities - classrooms, toilets, drinking water, books and much more.

'St. Joseph's Charity School' provides free education for children from very poor backgrounds in Vietnam, who otherwise would not be able to go to school. The money raised goes towards giving the children uniforms, books, stationary, snacks at school and sponsoring teachers to work with the children.

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All the money raised will be split evenly and given directly to the charities.

For my planning and preparation, I will be taking a hiking trip to the Himalayas in April to prepare for the altitude, and I will be exercising and training more frequently, including hikes around Vietnam and gym/pool work. This is my third hiking challenge for charity, and definitely the most difficult one yet. 

Thank you so much in advance to everyone who is willing to donate, whatever the amount. It is all going to two very worthy places!

I will keep everyone updated with photos / videos.

Many thanks,
Matthew.
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Hi everyone; I went back to the Himalayas last week for 7 days hiking in the Annapurna region. I made it to Annapurna Base Camp at just over 4,000 metres, and had an incredible time walking in such a beautiful place. With just 8 weeks to go for Kilimanjaro, it was a great way to test how prepared I am in terms of fitness, altitude, having the right gear, being mentally prepared etc. Overall, I was really pleased with the week and although there are still things I need to do, I am happy with my progress and readiness for the summer.
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Hi everyone, it's great to see donations coming in, thank you so much!

Yesterday (17/03), I trekked up Nui Ba Den in South Vietnam. It was a really tough hike - 27 degrees warm, started close to sea level with an ascent to 987 metres, and a backpack weighing 10kg.

I was a bit down that my pace was so slow and I felt so tired by the end, especially as Kilimanjaro is a multiple day hike. I'm pleased I reached the top though, and it's good to have some tough practice runs.

In my next update, I'll hopefully have reached Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 metres), my highest trek to date. Photos to follow in April.

Thanks again for your support!

Matt.
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Continuing my training for June, I entered a 21km Mountain Trail race in Da Lat, Vietnam. It was a very tough challenge but the scenery definitely helped. My legs were in a lot of pain at the end, but it's all good practice for Kilimanjaro!
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February 16th, 2019 - Today, I went to Nui Chua Chan in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, for another training hike. Chua Chan stands at over 800 metres, and it was a perfect day for hiking. Next week, I'm doing the 21km multi-terrain run in Da Lat - photos to follow
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