Climbing Kilimanjaro

January 14, 2010

Making a Difference

In this job, you never know how your day will end. 

Tonight, my husband and I attended an Alzheimer’s Awarenss event which is part of a series of events for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  I was asked to bring greetings on behalf of the City. 

Their guest speaker for the evening was Christina Pilgrim, a self-described Guelph girl.  She joined a group last fall to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington.  She raised $18,000.

Her presentation was wonderfully honest and compelling.  She was inspired by her grandmother to make the climb and she made it to the top wearing her grandmother’s pearls.   The climb is very gruelling and takes a remarkable amount of determination at such high altitudes.

One of the members of the audience had climbed the peak 45 years ago.  Then, it was covered in snow.  Today, it is becoming a desert, a stark reminder of the impact of climate change and our need for action from composting our organic waste to putting solar panels on our roof tops.

The Alzheimer’s Society is having their Walk for Memories on Saturday January 30 from 9 am to noon in Old Quebec Street and an open house at their office at 111 Macdonnell Street from noon to 6 pm on Wednesday January 27th.

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An unwavering change maker seeking a just, democratic and sustainable world.

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