Thanks for visiting the fundraising page of Mike Schipper, Andrew Ford, Deli Ford and Scott Tuel - the MADS.  We are (increasingly) 50-somethings who live in Colorado, Florida and Brazil, and who enjoy trekking together. 

In 2012 we raised just over £2000* for the CAIRN Trust by trekking to Everest Base Camp: our adventures are recorded at

So this year we decided to go one better and try Kilimanjaro, in support of the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, a great organisation which can really make a difference to the lives of women in Africa.  Our trek will take place from 30 July - 4 August 2013.  Please do support us and make our suffering worth it!

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So please dig deep and donate now.

(*£1860 of donations and £152.50 of gift aid - tax which the charity can claim back)

Updates 4

After an exhausting night climb we made it to the summit on Saturday 3 August in time to see the sunrise. Now back in Arusha and in recovery mode. We leave Tanzania tonight. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for helping us smash our fundraising target.

05/08/13 07:34

At Amsterdam Airport about to board our flight to Kilimanjaro. Go MADS!!!

28/07/13 08:26

Thanks to everyone for giving so generously. Portuguese speakers may like Andrew & Deli's TV Globo interview today: see

24/07/13 03:17

1 May: Today we're launching our Facebook page: so you can follow our preparations. For those of you with UK mobiles we also have a JustTextGiving code: MADS98 Thank you for supporting us and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation!

01/05/13 02:26

Raising money for

Freedom From Fistula Foundation

Freedom From Fistula Foundation

Charity Registration No. SC039493

The Freedom From Fistula Foundation helps women in Africa who are suffering from obstetric fistula caused by obstructed childbirth by providing free surgeries and access to healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. The charity helps thousands of women every year and with your help it can do more.

Raising money for

Run by Freedom From Fistula Foundation

Charity Registration No. SC039493

Donations 45


Donation by LaVerne Willis on 22/10/13


Sorry it's so late - well done! Julia

Donation by Julia Ferguson on 29/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement

Donation by Jon Whitmore on 27/09/13


You should be back by now. Hope all went well! Certainly a good cause to support! Gertie and Colin

Donation by Gertie Munro on 26/08/13


Rather late than never!

Donation by Simone and Arvind on 05/08/13


Donation by Rich Schipper on 05/08/13

Sorry it took us so long to get to this, but congratulations on an impressive achievement and a worthy charity.

Donation by Miriam and Michael on 04/08/13


Good luck in your climb!

Donation by anamaria mitchell on 02/08/13

mike and scott, you can make it. wish i could have joined. hals und beinbruch.

Donation by heiko on 01/08/13


The life you are living is inspirational to others. We admire you so much.

Donation by Mitch and Deborah Tuel on 31/07/13


Go Mads Go! If anyones cans you wills:) What an amazing team and cause. Have a fabulous time too

Donation by Elizabeth & Simon on 30/07/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

You guys be safe. God bless you and protect you on this trip. Steve and Julie

Donation by Steve and Julie Waller on 26/07/13


On on!

Donation by Family 69 on 26/07/13


Obrigado a todos os meus colegas na Embaixada Britanica pelo seu apoyo. Mais R$ 180 recaudados por medio de vendas da geleia "Embassy Garden"! Abrazos, Andrew

Donation by Andrew Ford on 24/07/13


+ £13.75 Gift Aid

We are behind you 100%, Scott! Class of '73

Donation by Susanne Whelchel on 23/07/13


Deli and Andrew. I wish I could do something like that. I hope all go smoothly on your journey. I will be there in thoughts sending you good vibes. xx Tereza

Donation by Tereza Nogueira on 23/07/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I am so happy to be doing this again and for such a great cause. We will try our best, friends and family.

Donation by The "D" in MADS on 23/07/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Go Team!

Donation by Scott and Fatima Tuel on 22/07/13


Vamos subir o morro gente!!!! Proud of my baboo. Love you Deli, Andrew and Scott. Love Fa for supporting her husband Scott.

Donation by Heny Schipper on 19/07/13


Good Luck MADS!!! Great Cause!!!! $200,00 from Wilma Lopes $100,00 from Regina Vidal $100,00 from Suzi Sostizzo

Donation by Friends of Suzi Sostizzo on 19/07/13


Enjoy the climb and take it easy! Great charity. Good luck and lots of love xx

Donation by Aunty Angela! on 18/07/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

MADS? CAMF would be more appropriate. Be safe boys.

Donation by DA on 18/07/13


Best of luck and have lots of fun.

Donation by Anne MacLeod on 17/07/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Have a safe & wonderful trip. Take lots of pictures.

Donation by Ken & Linda Vesey on 17/07/13


Donation by fisher on 17/07/13


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,418.91
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,418.91
  • Gift Aid£171.25

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