Climb for Sick Kids22 February 2019
Reach new heights in 2019 by climbing Kilimanjaro for the kids! This challenge of a lifetime will see you climb the world's highest free-standing mountain and raise funds for sick and injured kids at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.
If that wasn’t incentive enough, read our interview with Kids Cancer Centre Nurse Elizabeth who climbed Africa’s highest mountain in 2017 to raise critical funds for brain cancer research and care at the Hospital.
Why did you decide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
I had read about it being described as a beautiful, tough but very spiritual climb to the top and it definitely was!
I’d wanted to do another fundraiser and one that would challenge me and push myself out of my comfort zone (emotionally, mentally and physically). The more I read about Mt Kilimanjaro the more I felt it was the one for me and dealing with altitude would give me a whole new appreciation of being healthy and what it must feel like to have a brain tumour.
I knew it would be massive undertaking and truly unforgettable experience for raising awareness and money for childhood brain tumour research. I also thought it was a great way to honour the memory of patients we have lost to this cruel disease.
How did you feel when you reached the summit?
Elated, relieved and very thankful that I did and I had the amazing support of my group and the group’s leaders. It takes on average seven days to get to the top and it can’t be rushed. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!
What was your best moment?
Apart from touching that sign at the top that says you’ve reached the ‘roof of Africa’, my best moment was watching the sunrise over the mountain as we were ascending and seeing the snow glow like it was on fire knowing that we were going to do it!
What would you say to people thinking about signing up? Would you recommend it?
If you’ve been curious about it, just do it! You won’t regret that time you climbed Kilimanjaro to help sick kids.