Malawi Mountain Madness

A few weeks ago I wrote about my Malawi Mission. I will be climbing up the highest mountain in southern Africa in aid of the AMECA Trust. They are a small charity set up in memory of Alex Markus, an Army doctor who died aged just 23. His mother Ruth used the money she received from the Army to set up the charity dedicated to a subject that was close to Alex’s heart: improving healthcare in Africa.

Well, this week marks one year until I travel out to Malawi to climb that mountain and see the work of the AMECA Trust first hand. I’m a bit scared, but excited. When we were in secondary school, some of my friends went to Tanzania. When they came back they were full of experience and awe at the amazing things they’d seen. I am sure that Malawi will be just as awesome. It’s also special to be involved with a charity that is so small. Nothing against the larger charities, but by necessity they operate like large corporations. AMECA has Ruth and a small band of contributors. They don’t waste money on niceties, as much as possible gets put to work doing good.

I’m so grateful to all those people who have donated to my fundraising campaign. It has already reached 25% of the target, which is fantastic. If you can spare a small amount of money to help support the work of the AMECA Trust in improving healthcare in Africa…

Please donate on my Virgin Money page

One of the things I did to raise funds was to give away a pair of tickets to one of the BFI Doctor Who screenings. The winner (chosen at random by entropy) was Alan, who collected the tickets a couple of weeks ago. See grainy camera phone picture below. Thanks to everyone who donated to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the tickets, sorry you weren’t lucky. Keep reading this blog though as I may have more Doctor Who things up for grabs.

Tony Whitmore presents Alan Pope with his prize tickets

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