Robert Sutherland to scale Kilimanjaro next month in aid of Children 1st
Terra Firma advocate Robert Sutherland is set to trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro next year to raise money for Team Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, who help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times.
Robert, who flies out on September 21, told Scottish Legal News: “It was more than a year ago that I committed myself to doing this. At that point it was a long way away, and the reality of what is involved had not fully hit home. The whole group met up at Ben Lawers for a training weekend a few months ago, and that went well.
“Now it is only some six weeks until we fly out, and it is becoming worryingly real. I have applied for my visa, and arranged an appointment at the travel clinic for all the vaccinations required. I still have a few weekends left to get some more training in. One worry at the back of my mind is whether I will succumb to altitude sickness. The best way of reducing that risk is to appreciate the need to walk slowly so that your body can adjust to the reduction in oxygen levels as you ascend.”
He added: “I am looking forward to getting to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro along with all the other people in the group. Most importantly, I hope to be able to raise a lot of money for Children 1st and the important work they do helping those who have suffered from neglect, abuse or other traumatic events in their lives. It would be great if everyone who reads this story could make a donation via the online fundraising page I have set up. That would be a real boost.”