Most of this donation was given to the orphanage on 12th November 2020. Funds received during the climb will be given on 20th November, the day after the climb ends.
For more information on the orphanage, or to contact the director, Faraja Maliaki, please visit their Facebook page.
Hi, I am Corina - Cornelia and this is my story…
I used to travel the world and wonder at its wonders.
I used to be happy and enjoy my newborn baby.
And then, it all changed.
I used to be an independent person and have fun hiking in the mountains every chance I had. I used to travel the world and wonder at its wonders. I used to be happy and enjoy my newborn baby.And then, it all changed. Life comes with many uncertainties, but in mine there is one certain thing - one moment, which will define everything that came after it and everything that is yet to come. It happened on a rainy and cold autumn day, in October 2014. My story can now be clearly separated in: before and after this day… The day I’ve received the news that I have breast cancer.
I have been 'surfing this wave' ever since that moment when the very nice and empathic doctor said those words. It took me to the deepest innards of my physical and mental states. It carried me when I wasn’t able to carry myself anymore and it pushed me down to the point when I could hardly breathe. But nevertheless, I managed to get back up on it and try to stabilise the ride.
Now, when my body has recovered after the impact of the chemotherapy, radiations and the whole “standard” treatment for cancer, my soul needs to be healed too. It’s searching for that peace and tranquility which gave me the will and power to keep on going, to keep on living. And I think I found the way to do it.
I’ve always felt at my best when I was high, on top of the mountain(s). The peace I feel up there and the magnificent views make my heart/soul sing. In this moment of my life I know I need to go back up there! Challenging myself this way I feel I can become once again the independent person I used to be, enjoying every moment that I live.
In 2019, I started with climbing Grand Paradiso (highest peak in Italy) and then, 3 days later I stood on the highest peak of Europe: Mont Blanc!
I realised my Mont Blanc adventure became the beginning of a new ‘era’ in my life. Since then, I sort of ‘kept on going’ and experienced so many more ...experiences 🙂 that filled my life with laughter, dreams and hope.
I am very happy to say that I really enjoy ...well.... living (again)! And most importantly ...I don’t worry (that much) about dying anymore.
That's why this year I chose Kilimanjaro as my 2020 challenge and, as good things come together, I discovered the opportunity to give even more meaning to my adventure.
This time, I choose to climb, besides a better life for myself also for a chance to a better life for others. I choose to climb & raise funds for Faraja Orphanage (Arusha)!
It is a win-win situation to which each one of you (who's reading this message) can contribute: help/support me in this adventure by donating ! Every small help/donation counts!
Your contribution will give me hope and joy for the rest of my life and in the same time, help the children in the Faraja Orphanage to have an opportunity to improve the quality of their life!
I thank you all for your time and patience and most importantly, for your donations!
We can't help the entire world, but we can make a difference for these children!