Sandra Cheung, a Johannesburg resident, is taking on Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to raise funds for the JSPCA.
The Comaro CHRONICLE caught up with Sandra to find out what motivates her and how her preparation for the big climb is going.
Climbing Kilimanjaro has always been on her wish list, but she couldn’t get anyone to take the mountain with them.
“The idea of climbing Kilimanjaro has been on my wish list for a long time. We began planning for the 2020 climb after all fees for the trip had already been paid. Funds raised go to the JSPCA to assist in its day-to-day operations. This promotion allows me to tick off promotion while also helping a charity close to my heart,” said Sandra
As Sandra arrives in Tanzania on July 2nd and the climb is scheduled for the next day, she has been training by completing a different hiking route every weekend, running from the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort to the Cathedral Peak hiking route in Kwa-Zulu enough Natal.
Those interested in following her journey can visit her Facebook page where she details her journey so far and plans to update her followers as she journeys up the mountain.
If you would like to donate to Sandra’s goal for the JSPCA, visit her backbuddy page.
More about the JSPCA
The JPSCA has inspectors on duty 24/7 helping abandoned, injured, neglected animals that people have discarded.
Feet chopped off, ears cut off with scissors, holes drilled in webbed toes — these guys have seen almost every form of abuse.
In order to help the animals in need, they need your help buying rods, lines, dart guns, vehicles and gas, all of which are expensive items.
These inspectors go down drains, manholes and landfills to rescue animals who rely on the help of JSPCA inspectors while most of us are comfortable at home or having a nice weekend.
Every penny donated helps them in the great work they do every day, not just because it’s a job but because helping animals and seeing the gratitude in their eyes at the end of the day is a passion.
Rescue stories happen every day, but we don’t always know about them or see them. But do know that there is always an SPCA inspector ready to help those in need.
Some facts about Kilimanjaro
It is one of the seven highest peaks.
The rest are Asia: Everest (8,850 m), South America: Aconcagua (6,960 m), North America: Denali (6,190 m), Africa: Kilimanjaro (5,895 m), Europe: Elbrus (5,642 m), Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid (4 884m).
It is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
The oldest successful climber is 89-year-old Anne Lorimor.
She beats the previous record holder Dr. Fred Distelhorst (88 years old) when she finished the climb in 2019.
The youngest boy and girl to ever climb Kilimanjaro were both six years old when they climbed the mountain.