Tuesday, March 24, 2009

1st entry - March 24, 2009

Hi everyone,

As you know, Chris and I successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro at 1:00 pm Tanzania time on January 16, 2009. It was an exciting and emotional time. I felt like the entire 200 plus people who donated to our classroom project were behind us, pushing us to the top on summit day. There was a very descriptive article recently in the Kanata, Barrhaven, Perth, Stittsville and Manotick newspapers. You can read the article at http://www.perthcourier.com/StittsvilleNews/news/article/10936

We then visited Sabasaba School in Mwanza, Tanzania where we presented the flag to the school administrators. What an eye opener that was! The school has 200 Grade 2 students and 325 Grade 3 students housed in two classrooms and they are still registering! The kids have to be educated in shifts so that they can all get some education.

Chris and I have managed to raise close to $15,000 so far through the generosity of the 200 plus people I mentioned earlier. About $8,000 will go towards a third classroom, supplies and training a teacher and the remaining $7,000 will go towards drilling a well. But there is much more to be done. The school needs 12 classrooms and about $13,000 more is needed for the well project.

We want to keep this going. Plan Canada is providing every cent we raise to our projects and we have seen what the money can do. In my next blog I will announce details of the 1st Annual Kilimanjaro Golf Fore Kids Tournament that is scheduled for August 29, 2009 in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tournament Director and Founder, Debbie Harbridge, has that well in hand.

We will also be presenting some slides of our adventure on Sunday, August 29 at Barrhaven United Church, 3013 Jockvale Ave at 7:15 pm. It is open to the public so come out and join us!

There are more events planned. Check back often for further announcements!

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