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Princes Risborough children in link with Upendo Project
The Junior Church from Princes Risborough Methodist Church have been learning a lot about the Karibuni Trust and all the good work it is doing in Kenya. Elaine Needham is one of the Junior Church helpers and joined a visit to Karibuni projects in Kenya earlier this year.
At the recent Princes Risborough town festival the Junior Church held a cake sale as part of the Methodist Church fund raising stall and raised £69 to send out for the children at the Upendo project in Kenya. They are also collecting little gifts of stationery etc. to send out and have also written letters to the children in Upendo.
Team Kilimanjaro climb the highest mountain in Africa
Team Kilimanjaro (Katharine, Onesmo, Yaron, Hansa, Aarti, Meera and Rakhee) recently reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Team Kilimanjaro also undertook the challenge to raise money for various charities in Kenya, Karibuni Trust being one of them. It was an amazing experience for all of us and we highly recommend climbing the mountain to all who love the outdoors, hiking, climbing etc. It is a lot of walking for many hours each day, but the end result is definitely worth all the hard work and training that was involved. Getting to the summit is a great achievement, and of course some stunning views are seen the whole way up! Of course it is freezing up there, so one can only stay up on the summit for a few minutes! As a team we raised roughly £1250 for Karibuni Trust
The team would like to thank everyone for their support and donations!
Dave & Steve Heylings Bikes on Kenya
Two brothers, David (29) and Stephen (28) Heylings from Gloucestershire, have raised nearly £1500 for The Karibuni Trust by becoming the first Britons to conquer Mount Kenya on two wheels and cycle down. The feat has only ever been achieved before by the Swiss Hansjörg Rey with Canadian Richie Schley in 2004.
They overnighted near Nanyuki before cycling to Old Moses Hut (10830 ft) where they spent a day acclimatising. Baboons were seen on route, as was evidence of elephant and buffalo. By choosing to use the Sirimon Track, they had a gradual approach to ‘base camp’ at Shipton’s Hut (13800 ft) before the final gruelling climb to Point Lenana (16350 ft). The climb began at 3 a.m. in crisp, clear moonlight under a myriad of stars, part cycling and part carrying their mountain bikes on their backs. Point Lenana was reached at sunrise at 6 a.m. with huge views across Kenya and a temperature below -10°C. Their father, who accompanied them on foot, was then given cards to celebrate his 66th birthday with the singing of Happy Birthday and the Kenyan national anthem. Stephen said “We are delighted to be the first Britons to cycle to the top of Mount Kenya and to raise so much for the Karibuni Trust”. You can visit their website at www.bikesonkenya.com
Flute Quartet “QUATTRO” raise £519 for Karibuni
Students from Aylesbury Music Centre performed a concert to raise funds for the Karibuni Trust on Saturday 6 March 2010 at Aylesbury Methodist Church. The talented young people aged from 14 to 18 performed a range of different music on flutes, oboes and bassoons. The Flute Choir (with 17 players) started and ended the concert with a lively selection of pieces including “The Flute of the Bumble Bee”. Flute players also played individually, in a trio and as “Quattro”. “Grenadilla” is a group of oboe and bassoon players who also performed as an oboe trio and a quartet of oboes and bassoons.
The concert was a great success and raised £519 for our funds. We were delighted to be entertained by the students and are grateful to the teachers at the Aylesbury Music Centre who organised the concert.
David walks the Camino for Karibuni covering 500 miles and raised £3750 for Karibuni!
I’m always up for a good walk and so the suggestion of ‘a bit of a trek in Spain’ was tempting. It turns out that the Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile pilgrimage passing through parts of Spain that most tourists will never see. The scenery was often exhilarating as most of the route is in the hills and mountains. We saw many farming villages seemingly frozen in times gone by. Also, the spectrum of fellow walkers ensured that there was never a dull day. Pilgrims, as we call ourselves on the trek, do it for various reasons. For some it is a spiritual experience, others use it as a time to contemplate a significant life change and some do it purely for the physical challenge. I decided that I would also use it as a way to raise some money for a worthy cause. Karibuni Trust was an easy choice as it looks to help young Kenyans to get a good education and eventually help to solve Kenyan problems from within. Kind sponsors meant that I raised in total over £3700 for Karibuni, certainly a thought that was particularly motivating on those steep climbs when the rucksack seemed to get heavier with every step!