On 4th of January 2012 one of the Community Catalysts’ team Amy Timmins will be flying to Tanzania and embarking on a quest to stand on top of the roof of Africa. She writes: ‘We have been in training for this for over a year and want to use this opportunity to hopefully inspire some of you to support some of the charities we would like to rais money for.
We decided to pay for the climb so that every single penny we raise goes directly to the charities we are raising money for and not to pay for the expedition. We are travelling with the company Exodus who have run expeditions like this for several years and run the Porter Assistance Project to support the porters who work on the climb throughout the year.
The two charities we would like to raise money for mean a lot to me and I hope you value as equally worthy causes:
Breast Cancer Campaign: This national charity works by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. Like so many, my family has been affected by this disease, I was fortunate enough that my grandma survived breast cancer and I would love to use this opportunity to help raise money to enable the reasearch to be done to help create more happy endings.
Birmingham Dogs’ Home: The charity has bases in Birmingham and Wolverhampton and does amazing work to ensure these wonderful and adorable animals can have a second chance at life and be brought back to good health after some have been brought to the home after experience awful cruelty. I have two rescue dogs and would advocate that people give these wonderful animals a wonderful life.
If you could spare 50p, £5 or even £50 you would be making a fantastic difference to the work these wonderful charities do. Ideally if you could split your donation between these causes, that would be fantastic, or if you’d rather donate to one particular cause, that’s also brilliant, as they say, every penny helps!
I am raising money through the website justgiving.com, and it is possible to donate money securely to either charity through these pages; see the link http://www.justgiving.com/teams/amyclimbskilimanjaro for more information.’