Breath of Life – Walking 4 Air: Taking steps to turn CF into CURE FOUND!
By: Lara Hinrichsen
Thank you so much for clicking on the link and getting this far… your sponsorship will make a difference in the life of a child living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). There is currently no cure.
My inspiration is Emma Walker and I will be hiking to honour this brave, young woman who fought the effects of Cystic Fibrosis with such determination and bravery. We met one morning in primary school and we became inseparable from that point on. She was a daughter, a sister and she was my bestest friend! She showed me how to laugh but more importantly, she showed me how to live. Sadly, Emma passed away on the 18th May 1998. She was 22 years old.
Although I am an avid hiker and have been hiking for years, this epic adventure promises to be a personal challenge and it is something I feel I could do to make a difference in the lives of those living with CF and in turn honour my best friends memory and honour her incredible family who showed her so much love and support during her time here on earth.
I will share this incredible journey up the mountain with one of my dear friends, Donna McTaggart, and we are hoping to make a move for the summit in the early hours of the night of full moon, 3 July 2012. We are currently still deciding on our route up the mountain, we have narrowed it down to Lemosho Route, Rongai Route or the slightly more popular route Machame Route.
I am funding this trip myself and all money donated here will go to the South African Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help support kids and families living with CF and most importantly towards research in hope of finding a cure.
I have chosen a goal of R 19,341. Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet high and I hope to raise money for each foot I walk on this mountain plus one more for luck! This, however, is not my limit. As most people who know me know, I believe nothing is impossible and I hope you will help me smash my goal and reach for the sky…!
If you would like to stay updated with this incredible journey that will lead us to Kili, please do follow my blog Walking4Air where I will post pictures of what we doing, updates on where we going and all the fun we are having getting fit! You too can find out about Emma as I share memories of her along the way. So please do keep checking back and see how we are doing.
Please feel free to share this page with your friends, family and work colleagues. You do not need to know me or have known Emma personally to make a difference. It is my hope to make people more aware of this illness and to raise much needed funds, to give those suffering a better chance and MORE importantly HOPE, so that they too can lead as normal as possible lives and enjoy longevity as you and I can.
Simply click on the “DONATE NOW” button on the right hand side of my blog page to make a secure online payment. All credit cards are accepted, no matter what country you live in and if you don’t have a credit card then an EFT will work too. No amount is too big or too small. Please note that donations must be entered in South African Rand. To make it easier for those living overseas there is a “Conversion Calculator” button, which will convert the amount you wish to donate in your currency into South African Rands. All you need to do then is enter the South African Rand amount. All credit cards will be billed in your local currency.
Thank you for helping me make each breathe a little easier for those living with CF.
My gratitude knows no words big enough!
Much love, Lara