Kil­i­man­jaro char­ity climb

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SLOW and steady is the motto a Mt Pleas­ant team will use as they make the long, hard slog to the sum­mit of Mt Kil­i­man­jaro this week.

Hus­band and wife Nigel and Julie Har­ris de­part Perth for Tan­za­nia on Wed­nes­day, plan­ning to reach the top of Africa’s high­est moun­tain by Oc­to­ber 12.

Mr Har­ris said they would tackle each of the 5895m to the peak one step at a time.

“It’s hard to have too many ex­pec­ta­tions as re­al­ity is al­ways dif­fer­ent from thoughts you have while sit­ting on the couch,” he said.

“We know that we have trained hard and em­ployed sim­i­lar train­ing sched­ules to pre­vi­ous high al­ti­tude ex­pe­di­tions.

“One thing we do know is that once we get over 4500m it will be walk 10m, stop to catch your breath, then re­peat the process.

“Slow and steady wins the race.

“There will be sleep de­pri­va­tion, lack of ap­petite, per­haps some vom­it­ing and an early rise on sum­mit day.”

The re­tired cou­ple have had many over­seas ad­ven­tures, of­ten sup­port­ing char­i­ta­ble causes, such as their three-month stay in Peru teach­ing English, mak­ing gar­dens and help­ing with var­i­ous com­mu­nity-level projects.

They spent a month in Gu­atemala help­ing build dwellings for poverty stricken com­mu­ni­ties and helped run a tur­tle pro­tec­tion pro­gram in Costa Rica.

In Ecuador, they spent two weeks as­sist­ing a sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gram for the Shuar peo­ple.

Be­sides be­ing some­thing they have al­ways wanted to do, the duo will use their latest ex­pe­di­tion to raise money for Ron­ald McDon­ald House Perth, where they are fam­ily am­bas­sadors.

“Re­cently opened routes al­low us to take more days (to com­plete the climb), there­fore we have more chance to ac­cli­ma­tise and over­come any ef­fects of al­ti­tude sick­ness,” Mr Har­ris said.

“We de­cided that it would be nice to help oth­ers less for­tu­nate than our­selves at the same time.”

To do­nate, visit https://give.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/nige l-julie-trek-kil­i­man­jaro-for-sick-chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d474392

Nigel and Julie Har­ris are set to climb Mt Kil­i­man­jaro.

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