Here at Book Aid International we are always pleased to hear about ways in which our supporters fundraise for us. We were delighted and excited to hear from Kathryn Smith recently, who is taking her fundraising to another level by attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania! We caught up with her to see how her preparations are going.
So you’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro…when’s the big day?
In just over a week! 7th September is when we start the trek and we should be reaching the summit by 9th.
There will be seven of us all together – one of my sisters, my brother in law, my auntie and her friends. It started out as a 50th birthday celebration for my auntie and her friends but now other members of our family are joining in the fun.
What made you choose to fundraise for Book Aid International?
I’d actually never heard of Book Aid International but I wanted to fundraise for a small independent charity. I love reading and I really like the idea of making that enjoyment available for more people – when I found out Book Aid International works in Tanzania, it felt like the perfect fit. I have been to Tanzania before – I’m a physiotherapist and I did my student elective there and had a great experience so I’m really looking forward to going back.
What are you most excited about?
Coming back down! We are rewarding ourselves with a five night stay on the islands of Zanzibar (an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off mainland Tanzania) so that’s serving as a good motivation. Other than that, I am really excited about seeing the sunrise from the summit. On the last day, we’ll get up in the (very) early hours to make it to the peak for the sunrise and I hope this will make for some very special memories.
What are you most nervous about?
We have been training and I’m a fairly good walker, but I am worried about the altitude sickness. There’s nowhere in the UK to really prepare for how that will feel – I just hope I’ll be able to make it to the top.
What are you hoping to raise?
I’ve not really set myself a target – I just thought it was a good idea to make some money for a good cause at the same time as setting myself a personal challenge. But the work that Book Aid International does is so important I am hoping to be able to contribute in whatever way I can.
You can help Kathryn’s fundraising effort over on her fundraising page. For every £2 she raises, we can send another book to libraries in countries like Tanzania. We wish Kathryn and her family all the best with her adventure! If you’d like to fundraise for Book Aid International, why not check out our fundraising ideas page for inspiration?