In 2009, at the age of 15, I stood on the roof of Africa, with freezing toes and very little air in my lungs. I had caught the climbing bug. Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro was a huge milestone for me. It had been years in the making and after being diagnosed with Slumber Epilepsy at 9 years old, was a giant breakthrough for my self-esteem. I had low motivation and low self-confidence, and needed a goal to work towards. Inspired by a book about Kilimanjaro I realised that to conquer that mountain was to conquer my personal mountains.
Having epilepsy really made me grow up quickly. I became a lot more conscious of the world around me and environmental awareness was something I just fell into. It began by simply helping with beach and trail clean ups but has now morphed into something much bigger than that. Now I am focusing on showing youth about Making Mountains Metaphors in their own lives. I will also be targeting necessary environmental awareness issues through interactions with the youth of Africa. I have managed to turn my obstacles into true potential and have been able to use this as a tool to inspire those who feel inadequate due to their own perceived disability, whatever it may be.
So, I decide that I need to act with these principals in mind. So, I developed Kape2Kenya, an Eco-empowerment project which combines my love for mountains and my desire to share my awareness about environmental sustainability with others.
Setting-off on the 15th of April, 2012, a 4 month expedition from Cape Town, South Africa to Africa's second highest peak at the top of Mt. Kenya, will begin. Spanning nearly 14,000 kilometres and across 6 nations (and back), and doing it all by PUBLIC transport and other sustainable means.
Along the way, we will stop off at local schools to share our knowledge of sustainable living and empower the youth of Africa to shape the future of our global environment. We will work together to develop new ways of thinking about sustainability in Africa and spread awareness of key environmental issues. The program will cover 2-3 days at each school. Being, as interactive with the students as possible.
Finally, the team will end up at the base of Mt. Kenya, preparing for the summit at 5199m above sea level! The climb is sponsored by Capestorm and will raise awareness and funds for Epilepsy South Africa.
K2K is dedicated to the environment. We want to make a difference in our world by promoting and spreading awareness for sustainable transport. Because of this, the entire expedition will be undertaken using only sustainable modes of transport. My climbing partner, Jonathan Joseph and I will travel overland to Kenya, using only buses, trains and taxis, and where necessary by bicycle or by foot.
It is my hope to share some great ideas about sustainability and environmental awareness with other young people in Africa. So, well be stopping at schools to share our experiences and ideas with students there. The ultimate goal is to create awareness and understanding as well as finding solutions for issues in and around the schools and communities. Read more
Climbing Mt. Kenya
I am hoping to use this expedition as a platform for my long-term goal to be one of the only, if not the first, person to climb all of the Seven 2nd Summits. Ironically the second highest peak on each continent is generally more technical and challenging, and more overlooked than its slightly bigger brother or sister. This is just another instance of Making Mountains Metaphors.
By the end of the expedition, we hope to inspire, share and empower the youth of Africa to take the health of our planet into their own hands. It is up to us, the next generation, to be the makers of our planet's future. We have the technologies and we have the need. Now, we just need to work together to re-shape our environment, take care of our oceans, mountains, wild spaces, wildlife and each other.
What We Need From You
However, we still need to raise additional funds to support the team on the road. Costs will include food, travel (including any visas and permits) and accommodation. As we are travelling using only sustanable transport, we don't need much. We are only looking to raise $5000 so that we can support 2 - 4 team members while still catering to the needs of the schools and students that we will be visiting with.
Remember that you can support our awesome partners at Greenpop while supporting us. Donate $50 and claim the perk above and Greenpop will plant a tree in your name on their upcoming mission to plant 5 - 10,000 trees in Southern Zambia, Africa's hardest hit region when it comes to deforestation. http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/
Please contribute what you can here, or contact us through our website www.kape2kenya.com for ways that we can partner in Making Mountains Metaphors!!