With regret…

Unfortunately, I’m not going to make it up Mt Kilimanjaro this year. Not only did I not reach my target of €5000, my family and I were given the opportunity to emigrate to the US and we have to take it within a certain time limit. As I’m sure you’ll appreciate emigrating with 2 small children is a huge job in itself and not only have I not had the time to fundraise as I’d hoped but there are certain visa issues and medical risks which make it inadviseable for me to go to Africa so soon before we leave in July.

However, I have raised just under €2000. All monies donated via the my charity page went directly to them and the balance minus my nonrefundable registration fee will be lodged this week. I hope this takes a bit of the pressure off some families with premature babies and I hope I have raised some awareness for the lack of facilities in Ireland for parents who have babies in specialist NICUs. If you would like to support this cause you can at http://www.irishprematurebabies.com/ The charity have organised many other fundraising events perhaps you would like to get involved in.

Thank you to all who made donations and supported me and I’m sorry if I’ve let anyone down. I really hate not finishing what I started but it is just not possible at this time. I have learned an awful lot from my endeavour about fundraising, event management and friendship. I also discovered that I actually like hillwalking and made some great new friends. There are some really great, helpful people out there. I do still hate baked beans though.

I was really looking forward to the climb and it is not without disappointment that I have had to pull out. Mt Kilimanjaro is not going anywhere though and I will definitely climb it at another time. I wish those who do get there this year the absolute best of luck. It really is something to be very proud of.

This way though, I get to keep my husband 🙂

Thanks again,
Jenny

For sale – One husband.

So far I’ve raised just under €2000. I’ve paid my registration fee and I’ve got good boots. The bag packing is looking less and less likely. I’ve tried every supermarket in a 10 mile radius and they’re all apparently booked up for the year since November.

So I’m selling my husband. I do have his permission. He has kindly offered to give a days handywork to the highest bidder. He can paint, tile, weld, plumb, garden and is generally good at fixing stuff. Look around your house at all those annoying things that need to be fixed. Dodgy door handles, drippy taps, stained ceilings, dishwashers that don’t or bushy…er… bushes, George’ll come over and fix what he can in a day with the guarantee he’ll finish anything he starts. All the proceeds go towards my climb. Make an offer in the comments or to jennyfoxe[at]gmail[dot]com and my lovely husband goes to the highest bidder. I do want him back though 🙂

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Photos of The Kilimanjaro Rock Event

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Some fantastic photos of the bands last night thanks to Elisa Redmond.

The morning after…

What a night! The bands were all fantastic. The crowd were great. Everyone seemed to have a good time. A quick count suggests we raised about €600 which is brilliant. Thanks a million to everyone who played, helped out and to all those who came. There will be photos so watch this space.

The winning raffle tickets were 318, 110, 349 and 374. Only the weekend away was collected. So check your ticket and let me know if it’s yours. There is still a TV Media Player, Steve Jobs Biography and a bottle of wine in a very nice box here to collect.

Thanks again everyone.

The Night Before

So it’s the night before the biggest thing I’ve ever organised apart from my wedding and I had a shelfload of instructional material for that – I will admit I’m nervous.

I really hope people come. I really hope everybody enjoys the night. I really hope it all runs smoothly. I really hope that all the people that are giving their time, talents and best efforts to help me out are justified in doing so. I really hope I make a lot of money towards my target and I really hope my ass doesn’t look big in my jeans.

So I’m throwing these hopes out to the universe and I’m asking you; if at all possible come along. The music will be great, there are some great people coming, there are some great prizes to be won and it’s for a great cause.

Why not?

Hope to see you there From 7.30pm, Fri 24th February in Gypsy Rose

Note to self: The Kilimanjaro Rock Event is not the actual climbing of the mountain. That is yet to come.

Planning, panic & production

I love this poster. Many thanks to Bryan Curran for the design. It’s definitely one I’ll keep and frame. That’s assuming the night is one I’ll want to remember of course. You may notice there have been a few changes to the line-up. More experienced event managers than I informed me that I was being crazily ambitious in trying to get six acts on and off stage in four hours and was risking much rush-induced quality loss and general artistic disgruntlement by attempting same. This posed the next problem which was who do I drop from the line-up. I love all the bands and couldn’t wait to hear them play live. I really didn’t want to let anyone down or disappoint anyone and didn’t Geldoff get away with 15 min sets at Live Aid? This is that big in my head.

Anyway reason reigned for once, and many thanks to The Kartels and Derek Flynn for graciously stepping down. I really hope to see them at The Kilimanjaro Rock Event 2.

So this is it. Please like and share this and The Kilimanjaro Rock Event FB page. But most of all please come along on the night and have fun!

The Kilimanjaro Rock Event

It’s all confirmed! The rock event of the year will take place in The Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar on Friday 24th February.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a fantastic night featuring some excellent Irish rock bands including The DC Experiment and Big September and acoustic sets by Derek Flynn and The Fendermen and even some comedy squeezed in too.

Tickets cost €10 and will be available at the door on the night. They can also be prebooked from tickets.ie from early next week. Doors open 7.30pm. There will be a raffle on the night with loads of excellent prizes including a weekend break away for two.

All funds raised on the night will go towards the target amount for my Climb for Prem Babies.

It’s promising to be a great evening for anyone with rock music in their soul and it really is for a great cause so please come along and don’t forget to invite your friends because ultimately it’ll be the crowd that will make it a night to remember. Please share, like and retweet this to death too.

I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a huge thank you to all the artists who are giving their time and talents to be part of this and to our hosts at The Gypsy Rose.

Update 13 February 2012
As if we didn’t have enough already, I’m delighted to add The Kartels and Machine Gun Baby (MGB) to the line up at the event. I’m getting very excited about it now – hope you can all come along. Tickets are now available from Tickets.ie

The Only Way is Up

Just a quick update on how things are going:

Fundraising:
Thanks to two healthy donations this weekend my current fundraising total is at €1200. This is almost a quarter of the way there. I really appreciate all donations that have been made so far. It’s starting to look like I might actually do it 🙂

The line-up for the fundraising gig should be confirmed over the next day or two. Watch this space. There’ll be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for kiddies in March. I’m hoping to get a Saturday of bag packing in a grocery store and sell everything I own at a car boot sale. All volunteers welcome. Especially with the bag packing, not many bags can one woman pack.Some very kind people are also running marathons and holding coffee mornings on my behalf. Every Euro counts too so please keep the donations coming at Jenny Climbs Kili

Training:
I can walk miles now. I’ve been walking most days around the rather flat Dublin 15 and working out the others with an aerobic/resistance DVD. This weekend we climbed The Sugarloaf in Wicklow which was surprisingly easy. You should try it. I was sorry I didn’t take my kids. They would have loved it. We made it up and down in under two hours and I still had the energy to go grocery shopping afterwards.

I was also convinced to confront my trepidation of heights by jumping off a tower onto a zipline at Rathbeggan Lakes All in all I’m learning a lot through this challenge. I’ve learned that I hate asking people for money and favours but when I actually get up the guts to do it people are surprisingly generous. I’ve learned that many members of the music industry prefer to conduct their business between the hours of midnight and 3am. I’ve learned that if you jump off a building with a rope attached to you there’s a good chance you won’t hit the ground and most eye-opening to me is that I’ve learned that any mountain can be climbed if you just keep going one step at a time. I still have the tallest one to put that theory to the test though 🙂

Again, thank you all so much for your support. I and the charity Irish Premature Babies are very very grateful.

Fundraising Gig

I have confirmed a venue in Dublin city centre for a fundraising gig. I’ve been offered two dates, the 17th or the 24th of February. I’ve had a few rock bands offer to play and comedians offer to do their stuff and I’ll choose the date that suits the most (or best) of them. There is room for one or two more acts so if you know anyone or are interested yourself in taking part, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you straight away. It’s looking like it will be a great night 🙂

Our First Mountain

Last Saturday, three of us that will be doing the climb for prem babies bit the bullet and went on a hill walk to see how we’d cope. It crossed my mind as I was driving up through the Wicklow Mountains that these mountains looked huge and they’re only about a tenth of the size of Mt Kilimanjaro. It was very cold and more than a little windy but otherwise quite a pleasant day. We chose the red trail which has a 490m elevation and decided to take the gradual climb up as that will be closest to what we will be doing on Kili.

It all went very well in the beginning. Grace, Ger and I got on well and there was much chit chat as we ambled up. After about half an hour it became clear that I was wearing too many clothes and I started peeling off layers. We continued up. It was tough on the old legs but not unmanageable. We took a break after about 90 minutes and figured that we must be near enough to the top. How happy we were we had this hillwalking lark nailed.

Off we set again. After a while, we started getting tired. How much more up could there be? There didn’t appear to be anything above us but still the path ascended. We met some hikers coming the other way and asked them. ‘Oh not much more, the path turns to sleepers a little bit on and there’s a little bit of a climb but it’s all downhill from there.’ Grand. The path turned to sleepers and split. We considered not going the rest of the way up and taking the yellow trail that went down instead but it was so windy and so steep that we reconsidered and went up…and up…and up.

The wind was unbelievably strong where we were exposed and parts of the walk got very scary. We were blown off the sleepers a few times by strong gusts. At one point, I was clinging on to a gorse bush so as not to get blown away. The views were spectacular but we were starting to get worried by the strength of the wind and didn’t stop to take many photos.

Eventually the sleepers started to descend. It was after 3pm at this stage and I was getting concerned about the people we were meeting walking the opposite direction. Many of them didn’t appear dressed for the trek and it had taken us over 3hrs to get where we were. Wouldn’t it be dark before they got down? We just kept on going. We passed what looked like a fantastic viewing point but it was far too windy to go out and view from it. Finally, we came to steps – a lot of steps. I discovered later that there was over 6oo of them. I was very glad we were going down and not up them. The thoughts of coffee and cake kept us going. At 4.30, almost 5hrs after we’d set off we made it to the warmth of the hotel for our prize.

This is what I learned from the trek.
1. Furry hats are too warm, hoods are good to keep wind out of ears.
2. Waterproof trousers and boots rock.
3. Jersey cotton is not a good base layer. I was soaked through from sweat and began to get cold almost as soon as we sat down.
4. Tea from a flask tastes good on cold mountains.
5. Check the weather before you set off.
6. You can get anywhere if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

All in all it was a great day. I had fun and felt like I’d achieved something. My legs weren’t too achy the next day either. We’re planning some more practice treks before the big climb in June. I still have a good bit of fundraising to do too so please sponsor me here on the Jenny Climbs Kili My Charity page.

Thanks again for all the support.