Scaling new heights for charity

The two intrepid climbers
The two intrepid climbers

Two childhood friends from Fife will be scaling new heights all in the name of raising as much money as they can for charity.

Zoe Holdsworth (38) from Kinghorn but now of Coaltown of Wemyss and Jacqueline Rennison (39) also from Kinghorn but who is now living in Aberdeenshire, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the less-travelled and remote Lemosho route.

Leaving the United Kingdom today (Wednesday), the women will be spending some time at the two projects that they will be raising the money for in Moshi, Tanzania.

The two charity organisations are the Amani Project for homeless children aged between 6-17 and Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need School for destitute girls aged 3-9.

They will then begin their nine day climb on the Saturday and are aiming to reach the summit a week later.

Zoe said: “We have been training hard for over a year now for the trip to make sure that we are in good shape both physically and mentally.

“We have been climbing the Munros, cycling, running and taking part in a number of road and trail running races as well.”

“We are very much looking forward to the challenge ahead and will certainly find the visits to the projects very humbling.

“We have self-funded 100 per cent of the costs ourselves, meaning that all money donated is going directly to the charities.

“None of the money raised pays for any of the trip or any of our costs. It is all for the benefit of the two charities,” continued Zoe.

“We are also collecting some of the things the girls at the school are needing, such as underwear, socks, plimsolls, t shirts, skirts and trousers to take with us.

“We will also take with us medicines and games for both projects. Additionally, we are taking a big bag of warm walking clothing and footwear to donate to the mountain guide crews.”

“We’re hoping family and friends may like to make a donation of footwear or money to the Amani Children’s Home as well.”

Zoe and Jacqueline have been amazed at the amount that they have managed to raise so far and the bags of clothes that have been donated.

Zoe said: “To date we have raised over £3,000 between the two of us so far which is well over our target amount of just £500.”

“We would like to thank our families, friends and colleagues for their incredible generosity with the donations made.

“The support and encouragement we have received since we have been planning the climb has been fantastic.”

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