KEEN hiker Sonali Patwardhan will be putting her best foot forward in support of HEAL when she treks to the top of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain next month.
“I’m planning to trek to Mount Kilimanjaro in October for HEAL because they are doing great work for children in India,” explains Sonali.
“I love hiking. The mountains almost always make me feel how insignificant I am in this whole world and I love the grounding I get from that feeling.
“So I have decided to hike on the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro, which is in Tanzania.”
Sonali, who has been trekking in Snowdonia as she prepares for her challenge, had set herself a fund-raising target of £500, but thanks to the generosity of family and friends she has already marched past that total.
“I set up a fund-raising page and quickly exceeded my initial target by more than £200,” she says. “I am self-funding but would like to raise more money for a charity who are providing shelter, education and healthcare to children in India.
“So I am asking people to be generous and to support the cause. It would definitely help me become more focused in my preparations for Kili. It is a tough challenge, but with all preparations on track I hope to make it to the summit – keeping all the children in mind.”
Sonali is from India and hopes to call in and spend some time volunteering at the HEAL Children’s Village in Guntur when she visits her homeland during November. “I would love to visit the children’s village and actually get to meet the children who are helped so much by HEAL,” she says.
Anyone wishing to support Sonali can make a donation direct to HEAL at her fund-raising page here: http://www.justgiving.com/SonaliPatwardhan