In February 2011 my sister (Tanya) and a couple of her friends (Aaron Brown and Duncan McLean) from Leeds University are taking up the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), the largest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. This challenge has been taken up to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society supports the ongoing research into this disease, which currently affects 465,000 people in the UK alone, as well as supporting patients and families that are confronted everyday with this cruel disease.
A fair few rugby league players have been affected by this cruel disease. Great players such as Arthur Keegan, who had a long and successful career in the sport, making 366 appearances for Hull FC and winning nine caps for Great Britain in the process. As player-coach he led Bramley to their only major silverware, the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy, in 1973. Unfortunately he spent the last two years of his life battling this awful disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia took hold of one of rugby leagues finest commentators Eddie Waring. As most of you know, Eddie Waring brought the game to millions of people in his heyday thanks to his distinctive voice and infectious personality. Unfortunately a lot of people saw Eddie become a shadow of his former self when dementia took hold of him.
Climbing this mountain is going to be a massive challenge both mentally and physically for my sister and her friends. If you wish to support this challenge then there’s several things you can do to help.
First of all, if you’ve got Facebook then support this challenge by liking this Facebook page.
If you have some money to donate then go on this Justgiving website.
If you live in Leeds, then come to Oceana on Wednesday 2nd February where your entrance fee will go towards the fundraising. Feel free to ask for more details.
Thanks for reading this and I hope that this goes a long way into finding better solutions for this terrible disease.