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Samantha Davis

Sam's Trek to the Top of Kilimanjaro!

Fundraising for The Railway Children

119 %
raised of £5,000 target
by 51 supporters
  • Team members: Samantha Davis and fellow rail industry trekkers
  • Event: Kilimanjaro Summit Climb - Lemosho Route, 06 Oct 2010 to 17 Oct 2010

The Railway Children

Railway Children fight for vulnerable children who live alone on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation. We provide protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to.

Charity Registration No. 1058991


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My Story

Throughout my life, I have travelled to a number of countries, tried and trained in a range of sports and since university have worked in the railway industry. I have never tried to combine the three, until now!

The Challenge

My new year's resolution is always to get fitter and have more of a work life balance - so this year, I thought why not set myself a small challenge in October that I have to work towards in order to succeed!

At 5,895m, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the Earth's crust. My challenge is to reach its summit along with some fellow industry trekkers from all companies across the supply chain. 

Our trek starts in the rainforests of Lemosho Glades and heads upwards to the Shira Plateau. From here we continue via the beautiful Southern Flank, Barranco Wall and Barafu Route up to the summit.

The trek will take 8 days in total, 6 days up, and 2 days down. The hike to the summit starts at midnight with an aim of seeing the sun rise from the top. 

I am funding the trip myself (around £2500) but am looking for your support in reaching my target sponsorship money for the Railway Children.

My Reasons

My Chairman once told me to aim for the stars, why aim for the top of the lamp post when the sky's your limit. I have never been higher than 2,300m and generally that has been supported by a gondola or a ski lift, or even a car when driving to the top of a mountain to walk around for a bit. So, I have chosen the tallest mountain in Africa, one of the world's largest volcanoes to break to Earth's crust, as my starting climb. There's nothing like being an optimist.

Combined with this personal challenge is the opportunity to raise a lot of money for a very worthwhile cause.

I have a goal, and I have a training plan and I intend to succeed.

The Railway Children

"We work with children living on the streets but unlike other organisations, our approach is different.


We do provide the shelter, food, clothing, education and healthcare that are all essential to a child's wellbeing. That’s an incredibly important part of our work but it's not the thing that makes us unique. Our goal is to intervene with a child at the earliest opportunity before an abuser does.

We aim to stop a runaway child becoming a street child.

It's about getting to street kids before the streets get to them.

Reaching out to Street Children for more than a Decade

Railway Children has been reaching out to street children around the world for more than a decade, with projects in India, the UK and East Africa."

For further information on the Railway Children, please visit:

The Next Step

Dig deep, and donate as much as you can, and I promise to train hard and reach the top.


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So please dig deep and donate now.


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