A bit of background on myself. I'm Australian, from a town called Bendigo in Victoria, and I've been living in Vancouver for the past four years. I love this city, I'm passionate about being active and being in nature, and there aren't many places on Earth that rival the beauty of British Columbia.
Growing up, I had the best possible childhood. The biggest thing my brother and I had to worry about was which game to play next, and my own worst terror was the dread of mum's tuna casserole - which I hated (and still do, sorry mum!). As I get older, I appreciate more and more how lucky I've been in my life, not having to face any hardships, and I understand this isn't the case for many others.
When I found out about this climb and what Summits of Hope is all about, it struck me as the best tangible way to give back and show gratitude for my health. I am not a mountain climber, I am not under the illusion that this will be an easy feat, but I will use every ounce of my determination to summit Mt Kilimanjaro and prove that a regular person can do something great if they believe strongly enough in the reason for doing it.
I'm doing this climb because I have the best family in the world who loves and supports me no matter what. I'm doing it because I believe in modern medicine and the best care for patients, and want to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime. I'm doing it for my grandad, who taught me how to drive a car, play pool, fish and how to be generous. Also because I'm inspired by my mum, who, as a registered nurse, has cared for other people her whole life and has the biggest heart of anyone I know.
Please support us on our journey, we can't do it alone. Help us take the wishes and prayers of many to the top!!
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
- Dalai Lama XIV