Mitchel Walls is not your average 12-year old. Although she has a lot in common with other girls her age, such as going to school, enjoying sports, playing the piano and doing arts and crafts, there are not many people her age who are in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Mitchel says that climbing Kilimanjaro has been a dream of hers for a long time. She will tackle the adventure with her mom, Anni, who has completed eight Comrades Marathons, a number of Ironman races and the ABSA Cape Epic, as well as her grandfather, who has completed 21 Cape Argus Cycle Tours, and climbed up to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2011. This year he turns 71 years old.
It seems like there is adventure running in the Walls’ family blood, no matter what age! Mitchel says that this climb will be something special that marks her 12th birthday. Not only does she want to tackle the world’s highest freestanding mountain before she even hits her teens, but Mitchel also wants to raise money to help others in need while doing so.
“When I was going through a few blogs about Kilimanjaro I thought it would be a great idea if I could also raise money and awareness while we climb, she says. “So I chose two charities: ABBA house, a place for abandoned babies, and Qhubeka.”
If you’d like to help Mitchel to raise money for Qhubeka through her Kilimanjaro climb, you can make a donation in her name through her fundraising page, with the bank details on our Donations Page, or through PayPal.
If you’re undertaking a sporting event and you’d like to raise funds for Qhubeka, consider riding on us.