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Christmas springs love and togetherness, yet for many, isolation is a big concern.
We adapted in 2020; instead of a Christmas meal at Croydon Vision’s centre, we organised a community reach, making sure ‘No one [was] left behind at Christmas.’
We were able to identify our most vulnerable members and with your help, provided a hearty meal, gift and entertainment.
We successfully received part funding; £1,500 from Ross Harding Trust and raised our target balance of £3,000, which ensured that Christmas was a special time for people with sight loss – together we can!
Mt Kilimanjaro Trek
I think the most surprising part about climbing Kilimanjaro is not that I, (Susanette) managed to reach the summit but that I even attempted it. Hiking, camping or sleeping in tent were unfamiliar territory, however, for such a good cause; raising money for an accessible 7-seater vehicle; I opted in. Climbing Kilimanjaro took 6 days and 2days to come back down; a different route.
We traversed through five different ecosystems in just as many days (rainforest, alpine desert to artic snow-cap). The ground organiser; Tanzania Travel Company, their guides, porters and chefs; simply amazing. Their support and encouragement was a blessing. Along the way, they greeted us with ‘Jambo’ (hello), ‘Akuna Mata’ (no problem), ‘Pole Pole’ (slow, slow). The Lemosho route was perfect for the slow rise to low levels of oxygen. We spent our first night below 3,000m, 10,000 feet and encountered birdsongs and monkey hoots. Next night was at 3,500m/11,500 feet and then three nights around the 4,000m/ 13,123 feet mark before moving higher to 4,650m/ 15,256 feet at Barafu camp.
Summit night was by far the hardest; trekking from 11pm to 8am , continuous snow and temperature of -15 degrees. However, the experience truly builds ones resilience and tenacity – enabling a person to discover the heights of their capability and strength. Through God’s grace, we overcame doubts and mental weariness; to reach Uhuru Peak; taking pictures with Croydon Vision’s T-shirt.
Back at the hotel, we were awarded certificates and a medal that reads; believe, achieve and inspire. The experience of Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable one; it embraces shared vision, a common goal and builds ones tolerance level. Finally, it enables a person to align their perspective, to be grateful; even for the little things in life.