Mama and Kilimanjaro
I recently came across these images of my mother completing the greatest physical challenge of her life. 2010, the year of surgeries, chemo, and stomping around Ashton Court between lectures and studio. All mum’s experiences, of course, not mine. I was just a cheerleader in the sidelines. Her success was my food.
Towards the end of that year, my mother climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Penny Brohn UK. Penny Brohn helps patients live well with cancer through alternative treatments, as well as providing them with mental health and well-being advice. It also gives patients and their loved ones the opportunity to be out in the breathtaking English countryside - on a magnificent estate in Pill. As a cancer patient, it was really important for her to partake in this charitable endeavour to help raise money for the organisation.
I was, and still am, so proud of my mother for achieving her goal of raising money so that others like her could benefit from Penny Brohn’s legacy. She, along with 18 others who comprised of doctors, patients and philanthropists, helped raise over £94K by simply pushing their personal boundaries and conquering Africa’s tallest mountain!
As amazing as this achievement was, I was not unused to seeing my mother do incredible things in the name of charity, support of the arts or simply living her life to the fullest. Thus, throughout my life, it’s been International Women’s day — every day.