Student From Scilly Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro For Charity

By Will Lethbridge

On the first Morning Show after the festive break Will was joined by Rachel Pearce who will be embarking on an exciting adventure - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity Dig Deep.

Dig Deep states on it’s website that “Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, and yet in rural Kenya too many children and communities lack these services. They have to walk long distances to collect water; children are getting sick from unclean water and poor hygiene and girls are dropping out of school because of the difficulty of not having private toilets."

"Dig Deep seeks to change this, giving children clean and safe environments to learn and communities the basic resources they need to survive and thrive.”

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Rachel who is studying to become a teacher at the University of Brighton said “In England as teachers we worry about if a child misses a whole week in a row of school but out there it’s just acceptable – it’s the education that children are missing out on which is so vital.” According to Dig Deep 10 million Kenyans lack access to safe water.   

Kilimanjaro is one of the toughest treks in the world. The tallest free standing mountain on the planet stands at 5,895m and the trip, planned for next summer will take 5 days to reach the summit followed by a 2 day decent. 

The local branch of Barclays in Scilly have agreed to do a Match Fundraising event in April with Rachel, where there will be cakes and cloths on sale.

She’s got lot’s of other ideas to raise money in Scilly and in Brighton in the lead up to the expedition. Rachel would like to thank all who have supported her and donated so far. 

If you would like to find out more about the work Dig Deep do you can click on the link below to find out more about the work they do and how you can get involved. 

You can hear the full interview with Rachel bellow and you click on the link below to go on her fundraising page.