Claire Rademeyer and 10 other brave souls recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. We had a quick chat with her to say THANK YOU and find out all about the experience…
What inspired you guys to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
For each person the inspiration was different. Personally, I wanted to mark a birthday with a fundraising effort and personal challenge. As I told people that I was doing Kilimanjaro they showed interest and ultimately we made up our team of 11 people. Our team decided to use the climb to raise funds for the NMCH.
How would you describe the experience?
It was profound. It was tough, but more mentally and emotionally than physically. Thorough preparation is essential to success.
What motivated you to be involved in Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust?
It was a team decision, but the idea was introduced through fellow team member, Sagie Pillay.
Why do you think people should get involved in making a difference in children’s lives?
Where one can help, one should, and this is particularly true for the most vulnerable, and that includes children in need.
What do you love about children?
Their fresh, honest and creative perspective on life – and all with such enthusiasm.
Any advice for anyone wanting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Set boundaries before you climb (this is when you are still thinking logically and rationally), because when you are on the mountain the power of the experience can cause you to take unnecessary risks. Kilimanjaro is a special experience, but it isn’t worth losing your life over.
A huge, heartfelt thank you to Claire and her team who have so graciously earned their place as #FriendsOfNMCH!