Kilimanjaro (5896m) is not only Africa’s highest point, but it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones, the highest being Uhuru Peak.
This 12-day itinerary includes seven days of walking on the Machame trail, the most scenic route to the summit. The Kilimanjaro climb incorporates seven days on the mountain which allows for great acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt.
The route provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of different landscapes. We start in scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m the landscape changes to snow and rock as we approach the summit. This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy a challenge. The sense of achievement after climbing Kilimanjaro and view from the roof of Africa makes all the hard work and effort well worth it!
Fórsa is Ireland’s largest public service union, representing 80,000 members in the public service, private sector, state agencies and the community and voluntary sector. The union has a unique charitable culture with many fundraising events organised each year by staff and members alike. From one-off initiatives like Christmas jumper collection days to larger annual and biennial events such as the conference cycle and youth quiz, hundreds of thousands of euro has been raised by the Fórsa family for countless worthy causes.
There is also a strong sense of collective pride that 3% of Fórsa’s membership subscription fees are ring-fenced for the union’s developing world fund which finances various global solidarity projects. To build on this proud tradition of helping those in need, a group of staff members wanted to do something to contribute to the fantastic work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. We decided that climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an undertaking large enough to match the fundraising goal we hope to achieve for this highly deserving organisation. A portion of the funds raised will also go to the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project which is a cause important to us as trade unionists
The more people that get involved, the better chance we have of making a real difference to these charities. So we strongly encourage all those considering the climb to take a leap of faith and participate in this experience of a lifetime.
About the Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Every day, eighty people die in Ireland and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in their care setting of choice. Our mission is to strive for the best end-of-life care for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying and bereavement in Ireland.
We rely almost entirely on donations and voluntary funding to support and maintain our work. We are therefore very reliant on events such as ‘Forsa Climb Kilimanjaro’. All funds raised will go towards the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation and we are very grateful to anyone who helps make a difference. For more information, visit www.hospicefoundation.ie
About Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project
In December 2015 Earth’s Edge became Ireland’s first and only partner of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Programme (KPAP). KPAP is an American run Tanzanian based NGO, who are campaigning for porter welfare on Kilimanjaro. As you will understand when climbing Kilimanjaro we are all so reliant on the hard work of the porters who carry loads on the mountain. They are the unsung heroes of all climbing teams and without their help we would not be able to experience this wonderful mountain. The reality is the porters are often impoverished Tanzanians who are dependent on this labour-intensive work to feed their families. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters.
Unfortunately, the porters have very few working rights and are often exploited. All too often they are underpaid, poorly fed, overloaded and don’t have adequate clothing for the mountain. This is where KPAP come in. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters. The four areas they focus on are as follows:
• That we provide our porters with three meals per day.
• That porters have adequate clothing for the mountain.
• That porters carry a maximum of 20kg on the mountain. This is typically made up of a 15kg load plus 5 kg of their own clothing.
• That the porters are paid properly and that we have a fair and transparent tipping process in place.
For more information, visit – www.kiliporters.org.
A minimum of €60,000 fundraised collectively to be divided between the Irish Hospice Foundation and KPAP. This is in addition to the expedition costs.
For fundraising support and ideas contact Louise McCarron at the Irish Hospice Foundation. Phone: +353 1 679 3188 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org