Kirsty Mahoney feels on top of the world – or at least she will when she reaches the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in July.
The 19-year-old, of Willow Dell, Bo’ness, is part of a group of students at Glasgow Caledonian University who are raising money for CLIC Sargent, a charity which supports children with cancer and their families.
Kirsty said: “Allister Boyd, a student at the university, lost his battle against cancer in 2009 but raised thousands of pounds to help others before he died.
“A foundation was established in his memory which has helped students to co-ordinate fundraising activity since then.
“While climbing Kilimanjaro is a huge personal challenge for all of the team, it will also help us develop some life skills and give us a real sense of achievement.
“Every penny we raise goes to the charity and we all have a target figure that we need to achieve so that we ensure that what we are doing makes a real difference.”
Kirsty is hosting an afternoon tea at St Andrew’s Church from 1-4pm tomorrow (Saturday) as part of her fundraising efforts and she hopes that friends, family and the local community will be able to attend to support a really worthy cause.
Afternoon tea costs just £5 so why not pop along for some tea, sandwiches and cakes and help make a difference?
Even if you can’t make it tomorrow, you can also donate directly through Kirsty’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/Kirsty-Mahoney1/
Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain massif in the world and a popular challenge for charity trekkers, although it’s not without its dangers.
It is not a technical climb. The main hazard is altitude sickness caused by ascending too quickly into the rarified oxygen levels. This condition can be fatal.