BCS students travel to Mount Kilimanjaro.
By Joanne Logue
In just 7 days time 4 students from Ballinteer Community School, Megan Carroll, Jake Clifford, Gary Elbert and Leanne Jordan, will join students from all over the country in their world record breaking attempt for the most people to summit Mt Kilimanjaro at the same time! They are expected to summit on Aug. 22nd.
The students first became aware of this attempt when I discovered an interesting article in the ASTI magazine. I immediately contacted Ian McKeever, the organiser of the trip, and he agreed to come to talk to our 4th year students. BCS was the last school to be accepted and we ran with it. The students, parents and teachers worked very hard raising money for this trip. Many cake sales and race nights later deposits were paid and the trip was confirmed.The students have to raise over €5000, €2000 of which goes towards the Chernobyl Children's Fund and Crumlin Children's Hospital. They have also had to train so very hard. Climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro is going to be gruelling and to prepare for that they have been climbing mountains across Ireland for months, they have spent many, many hours in the gym, they have had their bloods monitored regularly and have made significant dietary changes.
The students will fly out on the 15th of August at 6am and return home on the 27th of August. You can keep up to date with their trip here and on Facebook on this link.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our four students who I have had the pleasure of teaching over the past four years. I am so incredibly proud of them and wish them every success and hope they make memories and friendships that last a lifetime! We will update this report with pictures and personal messages from the students when they arrive home. Good luck!