We wanted to give you some updates on our preparations for the Kilimanjaro trek as well as more details on the actual trek itself.
As you know, we are doing this trek in support of Friends of the Citizens Foundation a UK registered charity that funds the education of underprivileged children in Pakistan. We are leaving London for Tanzania on 15th October 2009 inshallah. The duration of the trip is 10 days out of which we will be camping outdoors for 6 days and trekking 5-6 hours everyday. The final summit climb begins midnight of the 6th day and will be the hardest as we will be trekking all through the night to reach Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s highest point, at sunrise iA!
We have been physically training for the trek by working out at least 4-5 days a week for 30-60 mins (a combination of outdoor walks and gym treadmill on incline). Those of you who know me (Tamreez) know that I NEVER go to the gym, but for the last month I’ve been going regularly and you know what, I’m getting the hang of it! :D To be honest, it is very difficult to maintain the training schedule in Ramadan but we’ve been trying to work out the last hour before iftaar so we don’t collapse of dehydration! There are days when one of us is feeling particularly lazy or tired, but that’s when we’ve been (literally) pushing each other! I am proud to say we’ve both become excellent slave drivers!
Shopping for equipment and gear has been exciting. We’ve bought our rucksacks, boots, trekking poles, jackets and clothing. Left on the list are sleeping bags, head torches etc. We also began our vaccination program yesterday and my arm is aching from the needles poked into it. Typhoid, tetanus, hep A & B, diphtheria…ouch! Also got some advice on altitude sickness, malaria and yellow fever. Finally, we need to book our travel insurance– apparently, we need one that provides helicopter rescue in case of emergency on the mountain! Scary stuff!
On the fundraising front, we had set ourselves a combined target of £6500 out of which we are pleased to announce we’ve raised £4473.10 to date or 69% of the total. A big thank you to all our friends who made this possible! With just one month to go, we are very close to meeting our target but time is running out! We need your support to raise the amount. As an additional note, we wanted to let you know FTCF is eligible for Zakat funds and all the money donated on our justgiving page will go directly to the charity and NOT towards funding our trip in ANY WAY. We are paying the costs ourselves. So please open your hearts (and your purse strings!) in this blessed month of Ramadan and donate generously to support our cause! www.justgiving.com/asimandtamreez
Thanks for all your support!