In school one day, I learned about a thing called Deep Vein Thrombosis. It's something that can occur after being seated for too long: a blood clot forms in your leg, whizzes up to your lungs and kills you, stone dead. There I sat, perched on a battered stool in the small, square biology classroom, staring wide-eyed at the information on the page. From that moment on, every single time any opportunity presented itself to me, I thought: "I could die from sitting."
So, long story short, I'm going to trek to Everest Base Camp! And, while I'm at it, I'm going to try my very best to make a significant difference in the work of the Meningitis Research Foundation. The goal is to raise just over three thousand euro. Meningitis is the leading killer of children under the age of five (more deadly than aids and malaria combined) and it's a threat to people of all ages, in all corners of the world. 50% of the money I raise will go to Meningitis Research Foundation (the other 50% funding the trip) and that money will be used predominantly in raising awareness about Meningitis and Septicemia while also providing invaluable support to people in recovery.
There’s a Nepalese and a Tibetan name for Mount Everest. The Tibetan name is "Chomolungma" (which is really fun to say) and literally translates into "Goddess Mother of the World". Very appropriate as a symbol for fundraising. While I’ll be going to Nepal, the Nepalese is “Sagarmatha”, meaning forehead in the sky, which is a little more difficult to relate to charity...
I will be wonderfully grateful to anyone who donates (doesn't matter how much) to this cause and will write all of your names on a flag; a flag that I will then carry to, and wave at, the bottom of the top of the world!