What did your 13th birthday party look like? For Brendon’s son, AJ, it’s definitely going to be one to remember.
Brendon's son Anaiwan (AJ) has just turned 13 and it is the Ojala family tradition to have a "rite of passage" adventure to mark the occasion. So, in December, Brendon and Anaiwan are travelling to Africa for a couple of challenges.
The first is to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.
Standing at a height of 5895 metres, the father and son duo expect to knock off the beast in eight days. Apparently, it’s not a technical climb, more of a trek, the major challenge being the lack of oxygen when you’re 6km in the sky. So a slow walk up the mountain will maximise their chances of success.
The second challenge is to build a classroom.
After recovering for altitude sickness and allowing sometime for Brendon to catch up to his son, they are then visiting a children’s home for a week where they will hang out with the kids and staff and help in any way they can.
Anaiwan has been tasked with taking a gift with him, so is fundraising to help build a classroom at the orphanage. This classroom is needed to run school lessons but also because government regulations require it to keep the orphanage open. AJ’s goal is to come up with $5000 towards the total build cost of $15,000.
Over Labour Weekend, AJ is fundraising by getting people to sponsor him to climb 6000 metres over eight days. He starts on Sunday 14 October, so if you’d like to contribute to help get this classroom built, head on over his Givealittle page: AJ's African Adventure (all funds go to the children's home).
You can follow AJ and Brendon’s adventure on their Facebook page: AJ's African Adventure. And stay tuned for a report early in the New Year.