Today we have a guest blog from our friend and Vevolution volunteer the inspiring Sophia Ellis who in the past year has made a great recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa and now is taking on the huge challenge of leading a team up Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing considered to be one of the all-time great achievements. It’s the largest free-standing mountain in the world and the trek encompasses terrains from jungle to glacier. Reaching the summit and watching the sun rise over the vast African plains truly meant to be the experience of a lifetime. So who wouldn’t have this on their bucket list?!
Recently I was approached by the charity Dig Deep to become a Group Leader for the Kilimanjaro climb, I applied and got the position! (Honestly still hasn't sunk in!) This means that I am recruiting people to join me on the climb, will train them, guide and support them throughout the journey.
Where Dig Deep work in Kenya 8 out of 10 people lack access to clean water and sanitation. Our mission is to change this.
Dig Deep works to help schools and communities get access to water and sanitation. We work together to build taps and toilets; to ensure that water and sanitation services are maintained for future generations, and to provide vital hygiene training to the next generation. I am proud to say that I will be working alongside this amazing charity! All donations will go straight to them in order to support the on-going projects they have set up in Kenya.
"A few years ago I could barely stand up, let alone climb a mountain".
For the past 4 years, I have suffered from Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. It consumed my life and my body. I was hospitalised numerous times and a patient at the Royal Maudsley Hospital. A few years ago I could barely stand up, let alone climb a mountain!
However, this year I have made a great recovery and am determined to use my strength to help others in need. Since being discharged from hospital I am now an Ambassador for the Maudsley hospital and their FREED project. My life has turned a full 180 as I am now a trainee Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor. Being a Vivo Life athlete and Group leader, I will support my team with the right nutrition and training.
Currently, we have a complete Vegan team which is absolutely amazing! We are also working with KPAP to ensure that the trek is achieved as ethically as possible.
So back to the climb! If you would like to join me on this once in a lifetime experience, please join me at my information evening:
Location: Chelsea College of Arts, SW1P 4JU. (In the Banqueting Hall)
Date: 25th October
Bring: Notepad and a smile
(There will be free vegan pizza too!)
You can also join the facebook group and event.
To help me fundraise for the charity you can make donations here:
Dig Deep: https://www.digdeep.org.uk/
I am overwhelmed by all the support and look forward to what the future brings!
For media or sponsorship enquiries please contact Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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