Kilimanjaro Challenge 2011

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Follow the ups and downs of the biggest challenge I've ever faced. My friend Justine and I are climbing Kilimanjaro in February 2011 and are hoping to raise £10,000 for Naomi House Children's Hospice.

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Friday, 15 October 2010

The Ace of Spades.....

After a busy summer, which has included gym, spinning classes and walks, we planned to hold a Harvest Supper as a fund raising event in our local village hall. This somewhat evolved! Instead, a very kind villager offered the use of her place to host a casino night. As we'd had a fair amount of interest in the Harvest Supper, but not quite enough to warrant the amount of work that a three course, sit down dinner would require, we decided that a less labour intensive option was definitely preferable!

Justine and I prepared chili con carne and a chicken cacciatore for those who don't like spicy food. We set up in Patsy's art rooms with one room becoming a gambling den and the other a dining room with table clothes and place settings. As folk arrived, they opened their BYO booze and set about buying chips, which they then gambled on the roulette table or the blackjack table to win more chips. The person with the most at the end of the evening won a bottle of champagne. It was a very simple evening, with no raffle, just good food and lots of laughs and it went extremely well. In fact, so well, that we've been asked by several people to hold another, similar event so that's being planned currently. Also in the pipeline is a Burns Night supper in January and a central London party in March after we return from our epic journey so there is lots for us to be getting on with.

We raised another £300 at the casino night and are now at almost £3000, which is fantastic! Our events are gathering momentum, as is our fundraising and more people from the surrounding areas are becoming involved thanks to word of mouth about how fun our events are, which is very reassuring!

Our next event is a supper and dance on 13th November, at which there will be a ceroc demonstration from Mirrorball Moves so that will no doubt provide lots of laughs and something to talk about! Personally, I have two left feet, which, along with being squint, have no sense of rhythm so it should prove interesting!

Justine has been a very committed gym bunny and has put me to shame, I've been a bit remiss at getting down there and working up a sweat for various reasons, but will be back, hard at it in the next few weeks! I knew that our undertaking would be enormous, but all of the fundraising, plus the getting fit enough is a full time job, on top of the one I already have! It's exhausting, but hopefully, if we reach our £10k target, it will all be worth it!

I promise not to leave it so long until my next update, so I'll see you soon!..... I wonder if we can get Daniel Craig to come along to our next Casino night....