Follow Andrew on his trek up Kilimanjaro.
My name is Andrew Keogh and I’m a 40-year-old high school teacher from Glenala SHS in Brisbane with a passion for adventure.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest summit in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
After years of waiting, I am in the fortunate position of being able to choose take on this challenge.
Unfortunately, there are many people in our society whose choices in life are far more limited.
The reality of this hit home recently when I was introduced to the Brisbane arm of not-for-profit outreach service Rosies.
By providing something as simple as a cup of coffee, a biscuit or just a friendly smile and a chat, Rosies reaches out to those who are abandoned, marginalised or socially isolated, offering them the experience of community and belonging.
While the outreach is made possible by a band of dedicated volunteers, Rosies depends on the generous donations of others to help cover the cost of the service.
To that end, I have decided to couple Rosies’ quest with my own and use it to help raise some much-needed funds for this amazing organisation.
It’s nearly 6000m from the base to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, so my goal is to raise $1 for every metre that I will climb. Hopefully smashing this target will be far easier than actually taking on the mountain!
My trip to Tanzania will be entirely self-funded, with 100 per cent of the donations going to help Rosies continue their valuable work. As little as $5-10 is all it takes to make a considerable difference to those that really need it.
Are You Ready to Take on Australia’s Tallest Building?
WE ARE BACK! Likewise in 2015 and 2016, Rosies is again Charity partner at the SkyPoint Sea to Sky Q1 Stair Challenge!
It is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and on March 11, 2018 you have the chance to take it on from sea level to SkyPoint! With a total of 77 floors this is a serious challenge but the view from the top of the observation level at SkyPoint will make all the hard work worth it.
Lock it in for 2018 and get ready to run, walk or crawl your way to the top! Register for the 2018 SkyPoint Sea to Sky Q1 Stair Challenge in a range of individual and team categories. Registrations open on Monday November 20.
Please note that all participants are required to raise or pledge a minimum of $35 for the charity partner as part of their participation in this exciting event.
So c’mon Gold Coast, c’mon Australia! This is an event not to be missed. Get your friends together, put the running shoes on and join in the party! This event is expected to sell out so we suggest getting in fast.
Tonight, 20,000 Queenslanders are homeless. Nearly half are women.*
Over 40% are aged 25 or under. More than 3,500 of those are kids 12 or under.*
Sharing Friendship creates Belonging. Rosies reaches out to those most in need, those people who are abandoned, marginalized, socially isolated within our communities.
Every week of the year, 20 teams of Rosies volunteers are out on the street, at the drop-in centre, in the court or at prison. 285 wonderful Gold Coast Rosies volunteers (1,150 Qld-wide) are always there.
Rosies is funded through the generous support of our local community. Individuals, schools, community groups and businesses provide cups and coffee, toiletries and cordial, blankets and meals.
Rosies started on the Gold Coast in 1987. We are the longest serving community organisation supporting the Gold Coast Schoolies Week safety program. Our patron, Sir Peter Cosgrove says “My wife and I have supported Rosies for more than a decade, and have seen first hand Rosies’ army of volunteers making a difference on the streets and off the streets”.