John Baker (Maintenance Manager), Lyn Watson (Support Manager), and John McGovern (Deputy Business Manager) of Emmaus Cambridge will be trekking the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro from 13 to 23 October 2016 in order to raise money to help establish and support new Emmaus communities in the UK.
Keen mountain walker John Baker has always had a dream to climb the mountain and leaped at the challenge when it was suggested by Lyn, who is taking the opportunity to prove that she is as fit as she ever was, despite having a knee replacement last year. John McGovern is always up for a challenge and has thrown himself into getting fit. He said “We have spent months talking about getting fit and doing something and when this opportunity came up to do something amazing for ourselves and to contribute to the wider work of Emmaus, we all felt it was an opportunity that was too good to let slip through our fingers”.
They aim to raise £11,000 between them which will be used to support new communities like the one which is due to open shortly in Liverpool. Emmaus Merseyside has just finished building work at its new community site in Seaforth and is looking forward to taking in their first companions. The early days are the hardest for any community and any help is gratefully received while they are getting established.
Emmaus Cambridge is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, and will be looking at different ways of celebrating this milestone. Supporting a fledgling community in its first steps has always come naturally to the original UK community which has always believed in paying forward the support it received in its own turn back in the early 90s.
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