Kilimanajaro Trek – Lions and Milton Keynes Central and Swiss Cottage

Published June 13, 2014 by gpoojari in Fund Raising Projects, Fund Raising/Community Projects, News

Lions Club of Milton Keynes Central and Swiss Cottage on Kilimanjaro Trek

:By Bharat Miangar

On Friday 13th June, along with 13 Lions, friends and colleagues we completed a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We spent 5 days ascending and 2 days descending altogether reaching hte final summit of 5,895 meters at 0910 in the morning. We endured temperatures of -19 C on the final day and other extreme of plus 29 C on the first day however the overall experience was challenging, incredible and satisfying. During the climb we experienced variety of vegetation from Rainforest to Arid Desert terrain.
As part of the training we spent last 6 months climbing Snowdon in Wales, Sca Fell in Lake District and Ben Nevis in Scotland to familiarise ourselves plus number of additional walks and fitness regime.
As a group we also raised funds for Anthony Nolan Foundation, so far we have pledges and funds for £7,400 and we are still keeping our fundraising options open for the rest of the summer and hope to beat the target of £10,000. If anyone would like to support please follow this link.
Following the climb we went on a 2 day Safari in the Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Park.
Attached are some of the photographs of my Expedition Group

We also had the privilege of meeting Lions Club of Kilimanjaro who hosted a dinner for our club and we gave couple of speeches and exchanged banners. The President of Lions Club of Kilimanjaro Surendra Dewshi and his colleagues have sent warm regards  to Lions 105A.

Lions of Milton Keynes Central were – Nira Tosar, Nisha Tosar, Akshay Shah and Bharat Miangar
Swiss Cottage Lions – Dinesh Tosar
In addition to the trek and safari, i had the opportunity to attend a meeting with Headmaster and NGO called Niru Chauhan at a Primary school in Moshi which teaches over 800 students. Of which 300 are orphans or underprivileged.  The NGO has raised money and sponsored a borehole to supply water to the school. The additional request that the school had was to feed the children with basic food at lunchtime i.e. Maize and Beans. They are hoping to buy in bulk and save money however they require storage for the grain. I expect a proposal over the next few weeks which is anticipated in the region of £1,500 per annum. I will forward more information as i get hold of it. I hope to make this our Zone fundraising activity.
Attached are couple of photos of the school and sponsorship.