This summer, Alumna Angel Chew (Class of 2018) will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in Tanzania, Africa. There, Angel will be challenging herself to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, In aid of the Hope for Children charity.
Hope for Children is an international charity that passionately believes every child has the right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood. They have created access to education, clean water systems and healthcare in developing countries, helping many children change their lives for the better. Here is a link to Hope for Children’s philosophy and some of their life-changing stories.
Angel, what motivated you to take up this challenge?
Since being in university, I have thoroughly missed going on expeditions with a group of friends, getting out in the jungle and enjoying the natural environment.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro has been on the top of my bucket list for years – and I realised that embarking on this trip for a charitable cause – not just for myself – would mean that I could help make a difference, too. I have chosen to support a children’s charity, called Hope for Children, as I believe what we do right now can really shape the future generations. By slowly taking small steps to eradicate poverty, improve healthcare systems, access to water and good education, we can really make a difference.
Have you done other charity work since moving to the UK?
I have partaken in several raids in Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough town centres and with the help from you, along with some friends and family, I hope to achieve my goal of raising £2380 (MYR 12,750) – with all proceeds going to the charity.
Before Easter, I will also be around London to do some bucket collections by Piccadilly and City of London tube stations on the 31st of March during World Children’s Day! If you’re London based, it would be amazing to see you be a small part of change for children who are less fortunate.
How did your experiences at GIS help prepare you for this challenge?
“As a lover of the outdoors, I joined the International Award during my time in GIS to challenge myself both physically and mentally and learn lifelong survival skills that I thought might come in handy in the future. As I embarked on my thrilling IA Gold assessed expedition to climb Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia, I never thought that reaching the top of the summit would be so adrenaline-pumping, and it felt so good to have accomplished something for myself! In addition, as part of the IA programme, I had to partake in 52 hours of volunteer work, where I helped out in food kitchens and even did coaching as a way to give back to the community.
I aim to use all the preparatory skills that I learnt during my IA expeditions (such as setting up a tent, packing suitable kit and cooking and training) to help me successfully complete this challenging trek.
Please support Angel’s efforts and the ‘Hope for Children’ charity by donating any amount you can. Every amount helps to make a positive change! Donations can be made via this link, provided by Alumna Angel Chew.