The Star (Nairobi)

25 August 2014

Kenya: 13-Year-Old Climbs Mt Kenya to Raise Sh5 Million for Disabled

A 13-year old boy from Nyeri county has conquered Mt Kenya in a bid to raise funds for children with disabilities. Ron Mwangi, a pupil at Christian Faith Academy in Nyeri town, was the first to arrive at Lenana peak, 4,985 metres above sea level.

He was among 16 volunteers from the Metropolitan Smile Dispatch team, who climbed the mountain for four days in order to raise Sh5 million for disabled children being cared for by Metropolitan Children's Home. "I felt like I was on top of the world when I finally made it to the top. Finally, my mission was achieved," said Mwangi.

"Despite the snow, ice, bad terrain and bad weather, I finally made it to the top and returned freezing. My parents were very surprised that I made it." The group returned last Thursday. Metropolitan Smile Dispatch, set up seven years ago in Kamakwa, endeavours to change the lives of children with disabilities.

"Raising a child is quite a task, but raising a child with disability is an enormous task. These children require regular doctor's consultation and therapy (physical and occupational)," said Jason Allan, the team's patron.

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