Fundraiser for CARE Canada

Climb for CARE Kilimanjaro 2015


I was recently interviewed on Rogers TV to talk about my experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. You can watch the Youtube video here:

This was such a positive experience that I would encourage anyone to climb Kilimanjaro and do a safari in the same trip. If that sounds a bit daunting, take a moment to read the myth busters I’ve compiled below. Although Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, it’s easily within reach of anyone who is motivated and interested in living an amazing Tanzanian experience.

Perhaps after watching the video, you’ll feel inspired to join the team of Canadians that I am organizing. It was a life-changing experience for me – and it’s a great way to raise money for CARE Canada, which does such wonderful work to help women and girls in Africa.

If you have any questions about the climb send me an email. As you’ll see in the video, I LOVE talking about it! 


Volunteer Coordinator - Climb for CARE Kilimanjaro 2015 

P.S. When you watch the video, near the end there is a URL address put on the screen ( It was suppose to be My previous trip to Africa in 2009 was in support of Help Lesotho.


Myth 1: I have to be super fit to climb Kilimanjaro

You need to be fit, but not super fit. The seven-day trek is done slowly to make sure your body gets used to the altitude. Although having strong legs and ankles will be helpful on day eight, during the decent.

Myth 2: Gearing up for the climb must require a lot of training

Not at all. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro does not require months of intensive training. If you can find time for a 3-hour hike around your neighbourhood wearing a backpack once a week, or if you can climb the stairs at work, or just be active somehow, you’ll be fine.

Myth 3: It would better to plan this trip through a regular tour company.

By fund raising and doing a site visit in Tanzania prior to the climb through CARE Canada, you’re ensuring that you’re not just getting another tourist experience. By seeing firsthand the amazing work that CARE does in Tanzania, you’ll come away with a fresh perspective, and a better understanding of the issues faced by others in less developed parts of the world. At CARE Canada, they give women and girls a ‘leg up’ – not a handout. You’ll have the opportunity to see and meet some of the women who are being assisted thanks to your fund raising efforts. Many climbers have said that this was one of the most rewarding parts of the trip. 

Myth 4: Fund raising isn’t much fun

This is a common reaction, and I was a bit uneasy about it myself. Surprisingly I discovered that everyone I approached was interested in hearing more about my trip, which was very motivating. People wanted to support me: bake and garage sales, special themes nights, and the like. On another level, fund raising helped me gear up for the climb itself. In a way, persevering to reach my fund raising goal was good training for the perseverance I required to make it to the summit.  

Myth 5: This trip is expensive!

Well, actually, that’s true - but great value for the money. Tusker Trail ( is the most well regarded expedition company. They have the best safety and success records to prove it. I’ve witnessed first hand the competence of the guides (for example; the proper and effective administering of oxygen for high altitude symptoms to team-mates and the twice daily medical checks.) It is hard to put a fair price tag on this "African" experience when you consider the various elements of a typical trip (experiencing the Tanzanian culture, the CARE site visit, the “climb,” safari in world famous Serengeti National Park, and perhaps a stop-over on the way home in Istanbul or Amsterdam). 

Myth 6: I can't climb Mount Kilimanjaro, I have asthma

Tusker takes clients with asthma and all sorts of medical conditions. This is where their 35 years of experience and the twice-daily medical checkups come in handy.

Myth 7: I can't travel in a foreign country; I have a lot of food allergies/sensitivities 

Tusker chefs will prepare food to meet your dietary needs. The Tusker co-ordinator will ensure that your dietary needs are met.

Myth 8: I could wait until 2016 or 2017 to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of CARE Canada

Sure you could, but there is no guarantee of a climb in 2016 or 2017. I know now that my volunteer co-ordinating role will be done after completing the logistics, and supporting folks in their preparation to go on the Jan. 26 to Feb. 3, 2015 expedition.

Climb for CARE Kilimanjaro 2015 - Join Team Raised
Michelle Anne Olsen $265.00
Suzanne Brassard $250.00
Team Gifts $0.00
Denotes a Team Captain