Only 3 days until Beth Raffo climbs Kilimanjaro in aid of Smile for Life sponsored by Thrift Energy

A few months ago, Thrift Energy donated £1,130 to support our Sales Director Josh Raffo’s sister Beth Raffo on her brave and exciting climb up Kilimanjaro. Now, the big climb is only 3 days away and we have caught up with Beth to find out more about her expedition, what will happen on her journey and how she is feeling.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and even scarier it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world! Made up of 3 volcanoes; two of them are dormant but one could still erupt. But how is Beth feeling? Well, she is feeling very excited!

An avid exerciser, Beth keeps herself fit attending the gym around 5 times a week and is also no stranger to charity having ran the Great North Run twice, completed 6 Race for Life’s and partaking in this year’s Pretty Muddy.

Climbing Kilimanjaro will be Beth’s biggest mission so far, so what prompted Beth to take on this incredible challenge? Beth explains that she took part in a 24-48 hour walk through the Lake District that involved a series of challenges including an 800 metre climb up Fairfield Peak, “after that, I had the bug” says Beth.

A worthy cause

Beth participated in the challenge to save money for local Children’s charity Smile for Life, which assists disabled and disadvantaged kids in the North East of England. Since then she has continued to raise money for the cause and when the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro came up, she jumped at the chance.
“I have seen the difference this charity makes, supporting kids and allowing them to just be kids” explains Beth. Smile for Life’s vision is to put a smile on the face of every disabled and disadvantaged child. Empowering children and young people to achieve their potential to live a full and happy life.
Thanks to the support of people like Beth, Smile For Life can continue to enhance the life experience of disabled and disadvantaged children, giving them opportunity to smile.
“Smile For Life makes a real difference to the young people, taking them on days out at the beach and other fun places, things they couldn’t do without special help or funding. They also get work experience doing up gardens and working in the coffee shop so that they can learn what it’s like to have a real job”.
To prepare for the climb, Beth has continued to take part in walks around the Lake District with her fellow fundraisers and kept herself fit at the gym. Now her bags are all packed and she is eager to go on this “bucket list” trip to raise money for a wonderful cause.

The climb

So what will this grueling yet thrilling endeavor entail? It will begin with flying from Newcastle to London then Ethiopia and finally Tanzania, where the group will take a day to adjust to the vastly different climate and prepare for the climb which will take around 5-6 days.
During this climb they will stop at various camps called “gates” to eat and rest. Before reaching the top, the group must wake up in the middle of the night to journey to the peak of the mountain so that they can witness it during sunrise. Once reaching the top of Kilimanjaro they will only actually be allowed to stay there for 15 minutes due to the lack of oxygen, so they will have a short period of time to take in the magnificent views and wave the Thrift Energy flag. They will then go to a nearby camp to rest and begin the journey back down the next morning. Once they reach the bottom, they will enjoy a celebration of their return including food and a traditional African dance.

Although it will be a beautiful and breathtaking experience, it will not be an easy one. So far Beth has raised £3760 for this worthy cause but her Just Giving page will remain open during her trip. Although Beth has surpassed her target for donations, this amazing cause can use every penny it gets.


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