Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kili Team 2015: Shazia

Our 2015 Mt. Kilimanjaro team is likely getting to Africa right about now.  Did you know that Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and it includes the spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. It should be a beautiful and inspiring location for the team, that is certain!

Well, we have a couple more last team members that we would like to profile still.  The first is Shazia, who has done an incredible job of fundraising and training.  Here is a little on her and her journey:


Outward Bound is a not for profit organization that supports some of the causes that are very close to my heart. It provides life-changing experiences to women recovering from abuse and violence, youth at risk including new youth to Canada, veterans and aboriginals. Having myself immigrated to Canada with young children, I can appreciate the importance of providing support to new Canadian youth transitioning between cultures and enabling them to adjust in their new environment by helping them realize their true potential. The youth at risk program is designed for young people who are experiencing difficulties at school, at home or in their environment. OBC works with ‘at risk’ young people helping them turn away from risky and self-destructive behaviors.

Outward Bound Canada’s Women of Courage Program offers inspiring journeys of adventure, challenge and healing for women recovering from trauma due to violence and/or abuse including sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Since 1988, over a 1000 women have experienced these transformative journeys resulting in powerful growth and recovery.

I took on this challenge despite having no prior climbing experience and with very little time to prepare; yet I am determined to achieve this goal. It has always been a dream for me to undertake such a challenge and I am thrilled that I am able to participate in this expedition and at the same time help a cause that I hold dear to my heart.  In order to raise funds for this charity I am requesting all of you for a donation to OBC. Your donation could help some women find their way to recovery or make a difference in a youth’s life by providing a life changing experience.

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