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Kilimanjaro marathon & climb in support of a great cause

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Health category by Peter Hiemstra

$2,215 donated
Given by 33 generous donors in around 12 months

I'm doing the Kilimanjaro marathon & climb to raise money for Diabetes Wellington Inc - a not for profit organisation helping the community

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A few years ago I cycled up the world's highest rideable road to 5,777m for charity.

My next venture is to run the Kilimanjaro marathon (UPDATE: I completed it!) and then climb the mountain (UPDATE: I've just done it!). I've been training for about 5 months and despite a few niggles, my legs should [fingers crossed] see me through the marathon and climb. On the climb up Mt Kilimanjaro, the high altitude (5,895m at the top) will be the biggest challenge to overcome. I'll post updates where possible as to my progress ('Updates' tab).

For this venture I'm raising money for Diabetes Wellington Inc - a charity which provides support and information to people with diabetes and their families in the Wellington Region. They are a not for profit organisation that has been helping people with diabetes since 1960.

The number of people with diabetes worldwide has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. In 2014, 8.5% of adults aged 18 years and older had diabetes (

In New Zealand one in four people is believed to be pre-diabetes and 250,000 New Zealanders live with diabetes, which is double what it was 10 years ago (

Diabetes Wellington and I would be very grateful for your support and any amount will help. I suggest giving some now and giving some more when I successfully complete my venture. For those outside of Wellington this is still a great cause to get behind as the support provided by the charity reaches far and wide.

This isn't first time I've done this type of thing - in 2017 I cycled up the world's highest rideable road to 5,777m to raise money for the Cancer Society (

Thank you!

Peter Hiemstra's involvement (page creator)

These guys do a great job providing support and information to people with diabetes and their families. They are not for profit and rely on the generosity of others to provide their services.

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On the Roof of Africa!  9 March 2019

Posted by: Peter Hiemstra

Second and final challenge completed!

I reached the top of Mt Kilimanjaro (the 'Roof of Africa') at 8:25am local time on the 7th of March (yesterday).

Without any real opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude the final push to the top was very gruelling over the first few hours (we set off at midnight), but I felt very good the remaining 2/3rds of the climb to the top.

Just back in Mosh at hotel after a final 19km day. I'm on safari now, so more soon...

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