Wow! Can you believe it? Just 16 days left!
How are we doing?
The morale is high; we are gearing up for the challenge of our life time (says Asim). I’m nervous and scared but also excited (says Tamreez). Yesterday we met our Kilimanjaro fellow trekkers at a dinner and we hit it off really well with the group. Also present at the dinner was Riaz, a person who had trekked Kili two years ago for FTCF, and it was good to get our random queries answered (“no there would be no shower facilities for 7 days of the trek”, “avoid using the public toilets”, “eat even if you don’t feel like it”). Talking to him we were reassured and excited as this sort of advice we don’t really get in guidebooks e.g. he told us to pack with us lots of M&Ms or other sugary snacks (aka little doses of happiness that keep you going!), books and board games for the evenings because we would have plenty of free time to kill with not much entertainment around us. From within the group it was decided that we would bring boggle, articulate…and of course the Pakistani fav: LUDO!!
From all that he told us, the most inspiring to know was that while physical fitness is important, even more important is your mental state. According to Riaz, most people who didn’t make it to the peak had given up before their bodies had really given up.
Although our exercise routine hasn’t been very regular (Facebook par status kya daal diya ke we’re going to the gym in Ramzan, nazar hee lag gayi! woh din aur aaj ka din siraf aik dafa gym gaye!) but we have been trying our best to at least be as active as we can. For example, if we have to go someplace close-by we try walking it there. In the past two weeks, we had one proper gym session, a hectic day or two running around everywhere – be it for work or visiting friends and a few walks here and there. This Sunday we went for an all day touristy trip to Oxford with Fatima (we walked almost all day)—not sure how that would compare to Kilimanjaro but it counts as a practice session, right Fati?
As our friend N pointed out to us today, we have taken the Tesco slogan to heart, whether it’s fundraising or training, and believe that “every little helps”!
What’s left to do?
We promised FTCF that we will raise £6500 for them. We have managed a whopping £5183 (thanks to you all) but are still about £1317 short of our target.
Other trip related requirements that we still have to meet are:
Vaccinations (Yellow Fever for both of us & Hepatitis A/B for Asim)
Remaining trekking equipment – sleeping bags, head torches, trekking poles, Tamreez’s jacket, water bottles and tons of snacks and little things such as a first aid kit
Lots of exercise – We will rest the last 3 or 4 days.
How can you help?
By sending us motivational messages (please start by leaving a comment here RIGHT NOW!). Reminding us to exercise (we really need to!). And by helping us in not just meeting but surpassing our fundraising target: www.justgiving.com/asimandtamreez.
At the end of the day, the only reason we’re doing this is because we believe education is the future of Pakistan and that TCF is one of the best organizations out there when it comes to providing poor children with quality education. This is our small way of making a difference and hope that you would help us in achieving our goal!