Monday, 30 April 2012

Reality Bites!

It's been a long time since my last sporadic blog but I actually have something to blog about for once...

This week’s “earworm” is the refrain “you may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?” from Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.  "Why's that?" I hear you muse...

At the beginning of last week I got confirmation that I was successfully registered for the Alzheimer’s Society hike up Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2013.

The Alzheimer’s Society is dedicated to defeating dementia through research. They fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.  My father in law Walter passed away after a long time of suffering from dementia.  I saw a bright and funny ex-bank manager fade away as the dementia took hold.  I also saw the effect that Walter’s dementia had on his family and friends and this trip is a way for me to raise funds to help improve our understanding of this pernicious disease.

At 19,341 feet (5,895 metres), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the trek up the mountain is not for the faint hearted (apparently).  Whilst I can prepare for the walking the one thing I can’t prepare for is the threat of altitude sickness at such heights.  However, if Chris Moyles and Cheryl Cole can make it up there for Comic Relief…how hard can it be ;-0

To be honest, I am most worried about the fund raising aspect…  I have to raise £3,900 for the Alzheimer’s Society by November of this year!
I now need to start planning some activities to get the money flowing; first up a horse racing night sometime at the start of July and then I’m hoping to arrange another event at the beginning of September.  Any fund raising suggestions are welcome!

Meantime, if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so at the following link:

More on my fundraising ideas and training progress to come J