School teacher Katie Trulson will be tackling Mt. Kilimanjaro to help raise badly need funds for the Umoja Orphanage.
School teacher Katie Trulson will be tackling Mt. Kilimanjaro to help raise badly need funds for the Umoja Orphanage. Scottie Simmonds

Mountain climb to help kids

WHEN you sit down for your Christmas dinner next month, spare a thought for a Bundaberg school teacher who will be 4200m above sea level, three days into a seven day climb up Africa's highest mountain.

Katie Trulson is raising money for Kenyan orphans one step at a time, and in December she will set off to climb all 5895m of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain.

"My aunty is involved the Umoja Orphanage Kenya so I thought this would be a good way for me to help as well," she said.

"I'm happy that I can use my climb to help raise funds for Kenyan children.

"I really believe in what the Umoja team are doing and hope the community can get behind this great cause."

While never having done anything like this before, Miss Trulson said her fitness level and new training schedule was helping her prepare for the gruelling hike.

"I've always been into water skiing, fishing and diving," she said.

"I've been training three times a week for two and a half months on my endurance, leg muscles and by bush walking up at the Hummock.

"I'll continue to train until I leave."

Miss Trulson will complete the adventure with two friends and is looking forward to sharing the moment together when they reach the summit.

Founder and Director of Umoja Orphanage, Cathy Booth said she was delighted by Miss Trulson's quest to raise awareness and support for her organisation.

"Umoja is Swahili for unity and togetherness, and Katie's mission to get community support for her climb captures the true meaning of togetherness," she said.

"A bucket fills just one drop at a time, so if everyone only gave one dollar then imagine what we could achieve together."

You can help Miss Trulson raise as much as possible by visiting umojahome.com/kenya and clicking on her donation page.

Donations can be made in person to Flight Centre Sugarland, Sanity, at Hinkler Central or Trulson's Service Station on the corner of George and Walla Sts.



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