Tracy’s 200

TRACY’S 200.

Latest news from Kenya and Tracy but first her story!

Tracy Monica Ochieng is a young teenage girl from Mathare in Nairobi.  We first met Tracy at a concert that the boys and girls put on for the Mountains of the Moon Team from Australia.  This was 2011 and Tracy had just completed primary school and gave an amazing speech of welcome to our team.  Tracy and many others were sponsored by the Orphan Rescue Kits that were raised by PDG Fred Loneragan in his year as District Governor for District 9700.

Mathare Tracy Speaks

Tracy Monica above gives her inspirational speech

Here is a copy of her hand written notes:

Mathare Speech

The Mountains of the Moon team included Past District Governor Fred Loneragan and we decided to sponsor Tracy to secondary school.  So in 2012 Tracy was accepted by the Bishop Okoth’s Secondary School for Girls in Kisumu.  Kisumu is on the shores of Lake Victoria and a long way from her home in Nairobi.

Tracy has graduated with high marks from High School and we are now sponsoring Tracy into the United States International University.  Tracy will graduate in another two years with her Bachelor of Journalism Degree.  Then Tracy aims to go back to Mathare to start her Foundation; Tracy’s 200.

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Below: Tracy before classes recently:




In March 2019 Tracy came to Australia as a key note speaker to our Rotary District Conference. This amazing young lady wowed here audience. It was inspirational and this was and event not to be missed.




A team of Rotarians and friends of Rotary have taken up the challenge to climb Mount Kenya to summit on ANZAC Day 2015.  This is a serious and at times a hazardous climb and we are doing this for the following beneficiaries:

1. Legacy Australia






2.  Rotary Education Projects in Kenya

3. HIV/AIDS Clinic in South Africa.

Please take your time to look at our web site and we are asking you to join us by sponsoring our climb via the donate button on our page.


Mount Kenya Cloth Banner

Results of the Project

We are all home now and have been so for several months now.  Life moves so quickly and we move on.  However the results of the climb are significant and we have so far raised around $45,000.  We have presented the Legacy Wagga Wagga Branch with a cheque for $12,790.  One of our three projects that we supported through the climb.

The remaining two projects are receiving funds as and when needed.  In the main our sponsorship for the vulnerable and at risk girls from Mathare in Nairobi.  Part of these funds will go towards the Rotary Club of Gigiri in Nairobi for education of the children of Mathare.  A project that we have been with since 2007.

The first photo below is a moment in time in Mathare taken during our last visit in 2015. The team was being shown three of the schools in Mathare.  This photo says so much and it was taken as we walked from one school to another.  The constant stream of children saying “How are you, how are you?” can be felt here.

Also the young girl just out of school with her back pack and wearing the compulsory uniform speaks volumes.  Probably her little sister in the coloureful dress greeting her is happy but poignant.  Next I see one of the problems in that Coca Cola is one of the main causes of diabetes.

Most of all I see tin shacks the children are standing in front of, which are the appalling homes they have to suffer, as can be seen in the photo.

The second photo is of the presentation to Legacy Wagga Wagga.

All in all a great effort from the Rotary Mount Kenya ANZAC Day Team.

Mathare Kids 1

Legacy August 2015 3

The Climb in Photos Stage One Days 1- 3

It was a lot tougher than we expected and we managed to get 9 of the 12 climbers to the top of Point Lenana at 4,985 metres.  Point Lenana is the 3rd highest peak on Mount Kenya.  We had around 2 feet of snow the night before the climb to Point Lenana.  All in all we spent 6 nights and 7 days on Mount Kenya.

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ANZAC Day April 25th 2015 on Mount Kenya

The service starts at 34 seconds into the clip, the sound was off! We feel it was one of the highest ANZAC Day Services at 4,200 metres. It was cold and we had just had 2 feet of snow overnight and very windy so we decided not to hold the service at the summit of 4,985 metres.



We are pleased to announce that we have the support and sponsorship of Littledale Fine Wines from Sydney. They have put together a special package for their wines with  a generous discount and a donation of $18 for every dozen of their wines they sell via this campaign.

To order your dozen go to the following website please and use the code ANZAC1:


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6 Weeks to GO!

We are getting closer and closer.  I still would like some one of Turkish Australian heritage to join us on Mount Kenya.  It would be a wonderful way to show peace in action with our Turkish friends.


The Rock Challenge a Kenyan Perspective

This from a good Kenyan supporter of ours Kip Langat:

“I saw this and wondered… thoughtful and supportive some people are…. they are from rural and remote regions of Australia but thinking about others in a far away land like Kenya….. (Education for Kenyan Children’s projects)

The 7 of the climbers who will be heading to Kenya next month (April) for the Rotary Mount Kenya 2015 Climb with the other Rotarians and a behind the scene support from Kenyans in their community…. As part of the mazoezi, they climb The Rock (The Rock Nature Reserve, NSW 2655) (see the pic). Before the climb, they had Uji+Chai na mandazi then they came down for Nbuzi choma and plenty more…”

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The Rock Challenge

Well March 8th came and we had a great day at The Rock in aid of the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Climb.  We had a good roll up from Coolamon Rotary, Wayne Lewis drove the Rotary Caravan out to The Rock to provide tea and coffee.  The Henty Rotary Club put on the BBQ for breakfast and lunch and then the Kenyans turned up to cook Nyama Choma from the goats that Wayne had provided.

Coolamon members present were Garth Perkin, Wayne Lewis, Don Dyce, Ted Hutcheon, Ian Durham, Ian Jennings, Dick Jennings, John Glassford and several guests including Marg Perkin, Susan Glassford, Alex Thompson and  Sally Farmer.

Climbers going to Kenya included Mark Janetzki, PDG Fred Loneragan, Alex Thompson, Don Dyce, John Glassford, Harry Nixon and all the way from the Rotary Club of Rotorua New Zealand was Mathew Joseph.

Thanks to all the challengers and especially the Henty Rotary Club who did a great job. Here are some photos from the day at The Rock!

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The Rock Challenge Sunday March 8th 2015

The Rock Jan 2015


Invite your family and friends to a fun day

Sunday 8 March 2015
Challenge: Climb The Rock Hill (optional)
Venue: The Rock Nature Reserve
Time: 6.30am for 7.00am till 2.00pm
Catering: Breakfast BBQ and Lunch BBQ
Cost: $20.00 per person Children Under 10 $10.00
Featuring: “I Climbed The Rock” Certificates, Kenyan music,
sample traditional Kenyan goat meat (nyamachomu)
& complimentary Kenyan beer (Tusker)
Please bring a chair.
RSVP: Yes Please! 2 March 2015 to 0488 757 600
[email protected]

Background: A group of ten Rotarians will face a mammoth challenge to
climb Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. It is planned to
reach the summit on ANZAC DAY, 25 April 2015. The goal is to raise money
through sponsorship and activities with proceeds supporting the health and
education of orphan children in Africa and support Legacy Australia.

Please help Mt Kenya 2015 by participating in THE ROCK CHALLENGE 2015.
Sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Coolamon, Wagga Wagga Sunrise, Henty.


The Rock 8 Feb 8

The Rock 8 Feb 5

Oloimugi Maasai Village Children

One of the beneficiaries for our climb will be to help the Maasai people from Oloimugi near Mount Kenya build a school for their children. These children have to walk 5 kilometres to and back from school through elephant and lion country.

Oloi Kids 1


Roots and Shoots 2