Anne Katrine to the roof-top of Africa!
AK's KILIMANJARO CHARITY CLIMB 2006
To The Roof-top of Africa i go!
Mnt. Kilimanjaro the giant stratovolcano in N.E. Tanzania, is the highest mountain on the African continent, and the world's highest free standing mountain at 5895m.
I want to make it a better world, and I am ready to challenge myself.
I am also doing this for the adventure, incredible experience, to face the unexpected and incredible forces of nature.
3 years ago i lost a wonderful friend. One of the most outstanding persons i have known. It made me think about life and how i could help others and make a difference.
So i am doing this because i want to raise enough money to make a difference in someone's lives; and i have the opportunity to raise awareness. So, i have this personal and important message...
I am asking for your support to fight against the SILENT KILLER, ovarian cancer. It is called the silient killer because it is often diagnosed too late for effective treatment. It is the most fatal of all gynaecological cancers. However, with new understanding, and new technology comes the hope for change. Real hope. And the real opportunity to save the lives of thousands of women. It's worth shouting about!
I aim to raise as much as possible towards the charity called THE EVE APPEAL www.eveappeal.org.uk. which is founded by my uncle, the husband to my wonderful friend. The Eve Appeal is supporting a research initiative which aims to develop methods capable of reducing the number of women dying from ovarian cancer by 50% within 10 years.
My ambition is to eventually raise 1,000,000 pounds. I know it's a tall order...
Each year, around one million women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer worldwide. It is 10 percent of all cancers in the world with a mortality of 50 percent. It has the worst improvement in survival-rate over the last 30 years. It attacks only half the worlds population, but AFFECTS EVERYBODY, tearing families apart. That's one million great reasons to have a charity like The Eve Appeal, which funds pioneering research into gynaecological cancers.
The research program within ovarian cancer is the largest in the world, and the researchers are among the best in the world, with a close coorperation with all relevant research-centres worldwide.
Just one of the important research programmes is the annual screening on 200,000 women, again the largest in the world, which will also help to prevent other deseases.
I will start raising funds, by trekking to the roof-top of Africa - Mnt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this summer from the 15th August. It's the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It will take 5 days to reach the summit, Uhuru, which reaches just under 6000 meters. This isn't just a challenge. It's a personal challenge and I have a huge motivational factor. I lost a close and very dear member of my family, a role model, not so long ago to ovarian cancer. She was an incredible being. A sunshine to everyone that was lucky to know her...but after being diagnosed, she had to leave her husband and three small boys behind. No-one should lose their mum at such an early age. No-one should go through it - Period.
Not if we can do anything about it...AND WE CAN...
I have never mountain trekked or climbed before, so this is a huge challenge for me! It will be an experience going through the dense rainforest, the open desert plains, onto the rocky paths… and eventually into the -20 to -30 degrees nearing the peak. I have been training intensively for the last 6 months in preparation for this journey, although no fitness level can compete with the high altitude nearing 6000m that we will encounter. Statistics have proven that 40% of those who start the ascent to Uhuru summit don't make it because of altitude sickness. If you get it, it's deadly -if ignored. I am preparing myself both mentally and physically for this challenge, and with determination and your support you can only encourage my motivation to reach the top, knowing that we made a difference, by pushing the Eve Appeal on with their scientific research to prevent what we hope we may never experience.
The Eve Appeals goal...
"A world without ovarian cancer. One day we hope it will happen.
Until then, The Eve Appeal will continue to fund pioneering research into the
prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.
When it is detected at its most advanced stage, over 85% of women suffering from
ovarian cancer will die from the disease, unfortunately this is normally the case, but when it is detected in the early stages, 95% of
women will survive...and that is what The Eve Appeal is about. Early detection!
So clearly there is work to be done.
So far, over 30 million pounds have been raised with the help of The Medical Research Council,
Cancer Research UK, the NHS and other benefactors – but we still need to raise a further 6
million for the research to continue.
It's a major undertaking. But the real challenge is to save the lives of women -mums, sisters, nieces, aunts,
friends, grandmas.... who develop ovarian cancer.
With your help, we believe we can do it."
-The Eve Appeal
MORE ON THE EVE APPEAL: http://www.eveappeal.org.uk AND www.mermaidprojektet.dk/
Some Kilimanjaro facts:
PLEASE SPONSOR ME, and encourage my effort! Any amount in donation will make a difference!!
Please CHECK OUT MY FUNDRAISING PAGE -A very secure and easy way to donate: http://www.justgiving.com/annekatrine
I will support myself travel and equipment wise, so all donations will go directly to The Eve Appeal.
Thank you so much for your support and time! I return on the 6th September from Tanzania, and will update on the success of the trek on this site!
There is the link called 'guestbook' if you have any comments. Thanks!
I am currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark studying for an Msc IT at the IT University of Copenhagen(2005-2007)
BA International Business & Spanish (2000-2004 UWE, UK)
BA Foundation Art Media & Design (1999-2000 UWE, UK)
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