Welcome to our Mount Kenya 2015 web site.
Navigation is easy just follow the drop downs and you will find out why we are climbing our third African mountain for the children of Africa. We invite you to join us on this adventure and we have two teams going. One to hike and climb and one which will go on safari while we hike and climb!
Please think about sponsoring us up the mountain for four very good causes that will enable us to maintain sustainability on a continued basis since we first started with the Coolamon Rotary’s Road MAPS to Africa Programme in 2005.
Please feel free to contact me John Glassford on 61 2 6927 6027 or email me:
If you prefer snail mail:
22 Moore Street, GANMAIN, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA 2702.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Lupita Nyong’o from Kenya, in her Oscar’s acceptance speech.
FOR ALL THE CHILDREN WE ARE WORKING FOR IN AFRICA.
We would like to announce that the Rotary Clubs of Coolamon and Wagga Wagga Sunrise are joining hands in the adventure to climb Mount Kenya in April 2015 project. The climb will have two joint leaders in PDG Fred Loneragan form Wagga Wagga Sunrise and PP John Glassford from Coolamon.
PRIP Bill Boyd from New Zealand has agreed to become our Patron for the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Climb.
Bill Boyd is a member of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga Inc, Auckland, New Zealand and was Rotary International President in 2006-2007.
Bill Boyd Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit - CNZM
At the opening plenary session (17 February 18, 2006) of the Rotary International Assembly incoming president William B. (Bill) Boyd announced his theme: “LEAD THE WAY”.
Governors-elect greeted this announcement with a standing cheering ovation as Boyd stated, “This will be my theme and an affirmation of my belief in the power of Rotarians to change the world, one positive act at a time.” He concluded his remarks by saying, “As Rotarians, we are not content to let matters stay the way they have always been in our clubs or in our communities. We are not content with the status quo, and we do not look at a problem only to say someone else will solve it. We are the ones who ask, ‘Why not us?’ We are the ones with the skills and the desire to build a better future. And we are the ones who must ”Lead the Way”
We would like to announce that today February 17th the Rotary Clubs of Coolamon and Wagga Wagga Sunrise will be joint partners for Mount Kenya 2015.
Mount Kenya and Rhinos
We are now in the early planning stages of our next major project for Africa.
We are going to climb Mount Kenya to celebrate ANZAC Day 2015, the centenary of ANZAC Day. Summit on April 25th 2015.
We will be taking two teams one to climb Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft) the second highest peak in Africa behind Kilimanjaro, the other team to go to Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft). We are looking to take some Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers with us on this adventure.
The beneficiaries will be the Orphan Rescue Kits for the education of disadvantaged children in Mathare an overcrowded suburb of Nairobi The funds will go to orphan rescue education for secondary school children from Mathare. The next beneficiary will be Coolamon House in Hout Bay our twin Rotary club. As well we will be raising funds for Legacy Australia and the RSA New Zealand who both look after the widows and children of our returned soldiers.
We are looking for expressions of interest to join us on this unique adventure in Africa. More details will be forthcoming via this web site and by writing to me John Glassford email: john (at) glassford.com.au or by calling me on (02) 6927 6027 or if overseas 61 2 6927 6027.
Stay tuned and book mark this page please. Thank you.
Excellent introduction to Mount Kenya by Peter McBride. Looking forward to seeing the whole film one day soon.
RFFA (Rotarains For Fighting AIDS), Australia Chair PDG Fred Loneragan received the RFFA Hero award at the District 9700 change over last night in Leeton. Here is PDG Fred receiving the award from IPDG Ian Simpson. This award was made by the full board of RFFA and is in memory of the CEO of RFFA, Marion Bunch, whose son Jerry contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion.
Jerry was the catalyst behind Marion forming the RFFA Action Group to fight HIV/AIDS through Rotary.
IPDG Ian Simpson, John Glassford and PDG Fred Loneragan
“The annual District 9700 Change Over was held at the Leeton Returned Soldiers Club in conjunction with the Leeton Rotary Club’s 71st Change Over Dinner. Over 170 Rotarians and their partners were present at the function. It was a long night and the best was left to almost last which was the presentation to PDG Fred Loneragan with the RFFA Jerry’s Hero Award. DG Ian Simpson made the presentation and introduced John Glassford as a RFFA Board member and of course PDG Fred.
DG Ian read out a message from Marion Bunch which was warmly received by all present. The award is a beautiful crystal red AIDS ribbon, made in Atlanta, delivered to Bangkok and then to Leeton in ONE piece. Fred was very surprised and delighted to receive the award on behalf of the children of Africa. The dinner then concluded with the change over from IPDG Ian Simpson to incoming DG Greg Brown.”
We would like to introduce you all to Tracy Monica. Tracy gave us Mountains of the Moon team a wonderful speech in Mathare last December. Here it is: mathare-speech Once you have read this then have a look at Tracy’s 1st term report at Secondary School below, click on the image and enlarge it:
Tracy's 1st Term Report
Following our visit to Mathare and meeting Tracy we decided to support her into Bishop Okoth’s Secondary School for Vulnerable girls. We are going ot honour Tracy’s request to us at Mathare to help 200 of her peers who are now ready to go to Secondary School and who are vulnerable and at risk where they live now.
Tracy can be seen in her new school uniform proud as punch as we are of her efforts in her 1st term at her new school. If you want to help us get other girls and boys out of Mathare please contact us via our email which is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call me on 61 2 6927 6027 anytime.