It’s Good 2 Trek up Mount Kilimanjaro
We have featured It’s Good 2 Give several times before and we officially support the Edinburgh-based cancer charity for children and their families.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, the founder of It’s Good 2 Give Lynne McNicoll, is leading a team of 31 people up Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro (the world’s tallest freestanding mountain) in October.
The aim of the charity
In the long term, the aim of the charity is to raise £1 million to fund the build of a purpose-built respite house for young people and their families affected by cancer. This will allow families to use it for a short break together – a purpose-built, restful, safe place.
On a day-to-day basis, however, It’s Good 2 Give provides support of another kind – anything that can make the lives of those impacted by cancer in any way easier. Whether that’s a parents pack, a workshop, or nutritional snacks, they try to find a way to make it happen.
On Wednesday 2 October, 31 Edinburghers and East of Scotland folk will be heading off from Edinburgh airport to Tanzania.
The epic fund-raising trek starts on Saturday 5th October and the team of trekkers should be arriving at the summit of Kilimanjaro, in the early hours of Wednesday 9th October.
The expedition group is made up of a wide variety of fundraisers, including four parents of young cancer patient as well as two people who are related to young people who lost their fights with cancer.
Ruth Sandison, a former young cancer patient herself who has just graduated from university is also climbing alongside her fiance Callum. Both of them have been incredible fundraisers for the charity as they know how much help the charity gives in time of need.
Lynne McNicoll describes herself as the ‘granny of the group’ is the oldest at 56. We know that Lynne doesn’t look anything like a granny and has been training hard in the last few months, starting her training schedule with a dawn swim at the Edinburgh’s Scotsman Hotel before attacking the Pentlands. She is a force to be reckoned with and we know she’ll get to the top through sheer grit and determination whilst providing moral support to all the other trekkers.
Two local businesses are involved in the trek – Louise Caithness, director of Zest Skin Spas is one of the trekkers along with her sister Lindsay. The excellent Craigie’s Farm Shop and Cafe in Dalmeny actively support It’s Good 2 Give and Anne Baird, the manager of the café, is trekking with her sister Catherine Barr.
Collectively the team have raised over £100,000 to date for It’s Good 2 Give and that total is still rising. Every trekker has self-funded their trip, so all donations go direct to the charity.
The charity’s patrons are local radio presenter and actor, Grant Stott, historical author Sara Sheridan and childrens’ author Cathy Cassidy. They are all in awe of the team’s efforts and are looking forward to a phone call from the summit of Kilimanjaro!
Even if you don’t know any of the trekkers personally, you can still donate to the cause online. After all, it is Good 2 Give.
We’d like to wish Lynne and her team the best of luck for their incredible journey.
The charity’s blog and social media sites will be updated daily with information on their progress. You can read a more personal account of why some trekkers are taking part.