Jade Abbott of White Cross Vets in Kings Heath, Birmingham, is to take on the daddy of mountain-climbing challenges to raise £4,050 for the Worldwide Veterinary Service.
An intrepid veterinary receptionist is to take on the daddy of mountain-climbing challenges to raise money for the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS).
Jade Abbott of White Cross Vets in Kings Heath, Birmingham, is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2014 to raise more than £4,000 for Luke Gamble‘s charity, which aims to help local people and communities around the world by educating them on how to care for their livestock and animals. In 2012, the WVS sent 600 parcels, deployed 63 teams and treated 15,593 animals all over the world.
Miss Abbott – who will start training as a veterinary nurse in September – is more than aware of the challenge she faces.
“Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest standing mountain in Africa at 5,896m, so I couldn’t have picked a bigger challenge,” she said. “It will take me approximately five and a half days to ascend up the mountain, but only one and a half days to descend. I’ll be taking one of the easier tracks – known as the Machame route – to zigzag up the mountain allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude.
“I’ll be climbing from between five hours a day to 12 hours a day while carrying a 15kg backpack, so I best get some good walking boots,” she said.
Miss Abbott has been hard at work fund-raising already, organising stalls at local festivals and raising money online.
“I aim to raise £4,050 and I’m appealing to the local and national community of fellow pet lovers,” she said. “Over the next 10 months I’ll be doing events ranging from bake sales and packing shopping to dog walking and jewellery selling to reach my target.”
For more information on the WVS, including its Mission Rabies campaign to vaccinate 50,000 Indian street dogs in one month, visit its website.