At Kintore Rotary Club members were treated to an inspiring tale of determination and endurance when they heard a talk from Allan Rae and Neil Skene about their trip to Mount Kilimanjaro last summer.
The aim of the trip was to raise funds for North East Sensory Services (NESS). One of the main motivators for one of the benefactors of NESS support network - Neil - was that he became blind since he was a teenager. The party also included Leona Glennie who is profoundly deaf and partially sighted. During the talk they discussed their meeting with native Masai tribe members and the challenges they faced as they ascended through four climatic zones. Members viewed a slideshow displaying the spectacular views they witnessed when they reached the summit at the end of day five. A visit to an orphanage in Moshi saw children accept gifts, taken from Inverurie.
It was described as a ‘humbling experience’. The group made over £16000 for NESS and managed to raise their awareness and profile. Allan described it as a life changing experience whereby he achieved personal goals, and was full of admiration for Neil and Leona. Rotarian Mike Kelman complimented Allan and Neil and thanked them on behalf of members.