Uplands mom takes on Everest for local charities

With a heart to give, Angie Rawlinson has thrown all caution to the wind and will face extreme mountains and an altitude of 5 545 metres in the next two weeks.
Nothing can truly prepare her for the challenge that lies ahead, but her drive to aid local charities outweighs the dangers of the notorious climb to Everest Base Camp, which started on Wednesday.
Her journey got off to a rather bumpy start, as her flight needed to be diverted to India due to a medical emergency on the aircraft. The flight was further delayed due to bad weather in the region of Kathmandu, Nepal – her destination.
According to her husband, Hennie, she only arrived after midnight on Tuesday. “I’m extremely happy for her. She has been waiting for this opportunity for years and now it has finally arrived,” he added.
Angie is a well-known member of the community in her home town of Maun in Botswana, and has been actively involved in fund-raisers and volunteer work for charities and causes for the last 30 years she has lived there. She and Hennie currently have two daughters boarding at Uplands College, who are in grade nine and 12, and their son completed his schooling at this school in 2014.
She has done several walks, runs and bike rides for charity, so when she got a last-minute offer to do a hike to Everest Base Camp in April she thought it would be a great opportunity to try and raise funds for Hospice White River, White River SPCA and Uplands Cansa Debs who are working tirelessly to raise funds for the Cancer Association of South Africa.
“I would like to give back to Uplands and the White River community that has provided a happy and supportive home away from home for my three children over the years,” she said.
All costs related to the trip to Nepal and the hike to the campsite will be covered by Angie herself, so any and all funds raised will go directly to her nominated charities.
Having previously hiked mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro, Angie is hoping that, barring any serious illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances, she will reach the base camp on the April 13.
“I would be very grateful if anyone would consider making a contribution to this fund-raising campaign. In these tough financial times remember that even the smallest amounts can make a difference to a person or animal in need,” she said.
To keep things above board, Angie has enlisted the help of Uplands, which has agreed to bank any funds received into its school account. Uplands’ accounts department will then administer the funds and ensure that they are disbursed to the nominated charities at the end of her hike.

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