Saturday, June 23, 2012
At the Diamond Jubilee Gala, The marc and Craig Kielburgerannounced that this amazing young man had just reached the summit of Kilamanjaro. He is a winner of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. It reminded me of the announcement of Sir Edmund Hillary's ascent to the summit of Everest on the day of the Coronation. I am in awe of Spencer West!!! Toronto’s Spencer West, whose legs were amputated below the pelvis when he was five years old due to a genetic disorder, did what few people have done earlier this week when he climbed to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A public speaker with Free the Children, he began his journey on June 12 with two friends and a team of guides and porters. The 31-year-old, spent over a year with a personal trainer in preparation for the climb, which has raised over $500,000 to create clean water programs in Kenya — still shy of the $750,000 goal. The National Post’s Jake Edmiston spoke with Mr. West on the phone from Moshi, Tanzania, at the base of Kilimanjaro.