A STUDENT is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the FutureSense Foundation next summer.
Emma Potter, 19, from Burscough is currently studying dance studies at Middlesex University, and will undertake 10 days of volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania, before beginning a six-day climb up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
Emma is hoping to raise £2,750 and is planning fundraising events such as bag packs, car washes and cake sales to help her reach her target.
Emma said:“I decided to do the challenge as it will be an amazing experience and I feel I will be very determined to get to the top of Kilimanjaro.
“I cannot wait for the feeling when I do make it to the top.”
The foundation Emma is working with – FutureSense – is dedicated to the advancement of education, the relief of poverty and sickness and the preservation and protection of good health overseas through the provision of volunteers and financial assistance.
Emma is an assistant Scout leader at the 45th Burscough Methodist Church and she plans to use what she has learnt at Scouts to help overcome any obstacles she faces.
Her first port of call will be redecorating and refurbishing houses and schools in local communities in Tanzania before beginning to teach English and other life skills to the local children.
Emma said: “It will be a feeling of great achievement and I’ll be proud of myself as all the money I will raise I know will go to great use in Tanzania.”
Emma and her group will face many difficult obstacles while in Tanzania – the extremely hot conditions in Arusha along with sub-zero temperatures up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Emma said: “I am looking forward to meeting the people of Arusha and sharing my skills with them. I will form bonds with these people and will expect it be very hard to say goodbye to them.”
If anyone would like to find out more information or to sponsor Emma, then do so by going to: http://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Potter7