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DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY: MEET A MAN WITH NO RIGHT LEG AND RIGHT ARM MADE IT TO THE TOP OF MT. KILIMANJARO FOR A CAUSE!
JOHN Cairns (50), a Canadian man who lost his right arm and right leg in a workplace accident in 1992, accompanied by Lucas Wiseman had 7-day Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Expedition through Rongai route to raise awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities and funds for his Wheelchair of Hope Foundation.
A man with only one left leg and one right hand from America is not a sailor. But still he has a right to shout: “Ahoy there!” because he managed to reach a top Mt. Kilimanjaro representing a cause for people with physical disabilities worldwide.
As Cairns recalls it was around 6.35 a.m. on August 7, 2016 during their summiting to the ‘Roof of Africa’ after a breath taking 2 and half hour slow walk from Hans Meyer cave that he managed to reach Gilman’s point, 5,681 meters, above sea level. “For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend Lucas Wiseman, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me from Uhuru peak (5,895m ASL), just few meters from where I was in a second group under guidance from professional mountain guide from the ZARA Tanzania Adventures and it downed on me that he has made it. We both made it!” He recollected that was the culmination of “our seven day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb” through the toughest Rongai route that to him still seems like a dream. “Reaching Gilman’s peak was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that ones need to grow old first to forget,” Mr. Cairns noted in an exclusive interviews with this paper with tears of joy! “I do like the challenge that’s why I come to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro though I lost my right leg and hand and I’m very much appreciate myself that I made it to the Gilman’s Peak with the ‘great assistance’ from Edwin Kilawe, a Tour Guide with ZARA Tanzania Adventures..” he explained. According to Mr. Cairns, he dreamed to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro for a long time to prove to the World that ‘Anything is Possible if you like’ and disabled can do if assisted. “When back to Canada I will tout for all people to come to Tanzania and enjoy agony, joy and pride of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I thank God that I made it to high peak, much salutes goes to ZARA mountain guides, Edwin Kilawe and Joseph Meela and their team for their good assistance who was very patient and kind to me. They assisted me very much to fulfill my dream, and next year I will come to scale gain the highest Peak of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro to Uhuru peak…” Mr. Cairns further explained in tears of joy.
Commenting on why he decided to ‘take Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge’ Cairns explained that, he has decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro which is also famously known as ‘The Roof of Africa’ with also the aim of delivering mobility into the lives of children, teens and adults, within the community who otherwise would have limited resources to acquire a wheelchair on their own in Canada and in Tanzania through the charity Kilimanjaro climbing organized by the ZARA Tanzania Adventures for the cause.
According to him, his mission through his charity organization called Wheelchair of Hope Foundation is also transforming lives through providing dignity of mobility, hope and opportunity through freedom of independence.
“Through the generosity and support of both local and international sponsors, Wheelchair of Hope Foundation is able to deliver hope, independence, and enable human and social upward mobility…” Cairns explained.
On his way to the highest top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cairns provided free toothbrushes and toothpaste to the marginalized children in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region donated by Family Dental Centre in Canada.
Explaining his life experience and how he became physically disabled, John Cairns explained that; “Twenty-three years back, I was hit by a train and survived,” he said. “I’ve met many mountains, some the size of Mount Everest metaphorically, and have climbed and succeeded to achieve just unbelievable success through tragedy.”
Two years ago, Cairns founded the Wheelchair of Hope Foundation, which gives the gift of mobility by providing free devices such as wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters to those who need them in and around the Quinte region.
The foundation’s mission is to equip people with the devices they need to live their lives to the fullest, he said.
“When you think of everything that you do on a day-to-day basis, it all centers around mobility,” Cairns said adding that mobility devices positively impact the lives of those who receive them. We bring a higher degree of quality of life that they’re so deserving of.” Cairns said.
For his part, a photo journalist form Canada, Lucas Wiseman who reached the highest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m ASL) explained that; “I had a spirit of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro long time ago that’s why I succeed and made it to Uhuru Peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 m ASL) under great assistance from professional mountain guides from ZARA Tours, and I’m now planning to climb other highest mountains of the World for charity as we did..” he explained cheerfully.
According to him, scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro to the highest peak is way of fulfilling his dream of helping the needy people worldwide being the first young Tanzanian to scale and reach the highest peaks of the highest mountains in different continents of the world famously known as ‘Seven Summits’.
As Wiseman recalls it was around 4:55 a.m. on August 7, 2016 after a breath taking 2 and half hour slow walk from Stella Point that he managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 meters, above sea level. “For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend John Cairns, then some 20 minutes or so later turning I saw him going down from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and told that he reached Gilman’s point. We both made it!” She recollected that was the culmination of “our nine day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb” through the tough Rongai route that to him still seems like a dream. “Reaching Uhuru peak was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that one’s need to grow old first to forget,” he noted.
The 21st century has given us many opportunities and afforded us amazing advances in science and technology. But the changes to our lifestyle, while bringing us convenience and greater means of communication, have ironically disconnected us from our world. Most people now live a life staring at a screen, seeing the world through a display on their hand, or on a TV in their living room. We see more of the world around us, but increasingly, our chances to be a part of this world have become much rarer.
Zara tours, and our Tanzania safari can change all that for you.
Experience Your World
If you’ve grown too familiar with a life of work, interacting with friends and family through phones and computers, watching the world around on your television at home, maybe it’s time to get out into it. And maybe an African safari tour is the way to bring more color, nature and life into your world.
Africa is the cradle of civilization. It is where humanity as a species took its first steps into the dominance it now has over this planet, and it is where all of our roots lie. A safari in Tanzania is a way to see Africa at its best, most primordial and most natural. The vistas that you’ve only ever seen in film and television are here. Mt. Kilimanjaro looms on the horizon, the vast Lake Victoria dominates the country, and the Great Rift Valley is a natural wonder and habitat.
Choose Your Adventure
Zara Tours has many different experiences at different levels of access to give you exactly the kind of African experience you want to have.
If you’re interested in the legendary of wildlife of Africa, many Tanzania safaris are available that will let you see the vast flocks of flamingos, the herds of Zebra and Wildebeest and even the prides of lions out on the plains of the Serengeti. Even for fans of marine life, there are special trips available to scuba dive in the coral reefs of Zanzibar and Pemba island.
If you’re looking for a journey like those of the past, horseback and even camel trips are offered and carefully managed so you can see what life was like when a trek was much more difficult than getting in a car or plane. Fans of culture can interact with the Maasai, learn tribal skills, and, if you really want to make a difference volunteering with charitable organizations is also available.
Whatever African experience you’re looking for, Zara Tours has something for you. Contact us today to find out how you can enjoy a trip to a more primal, natural, fulfilling part of the world with a Tanzania safari.
Statement: A trip to Tanzania offers many different experiences to people with different interests, whether its cultural, natural or historical.
Retired Chief of the Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces (TPDF) General George Waitara has led a group of 24 trekkers who scaled the snow-capped and highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro to mark the 54th Anniversary of the Tanzania Independence.
General Waitara was Chief of the TPDF between 2001 to 2007.
The six-day Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition, dubbed ‘Uhuru Expedition 2015’through the famous Marangu route, was organized by the Zara Tanzania Adventures (Zara tours).
Speaking during then flag off ceremony of the expedition at Marangu this month , Gen. Waitara explained that, they took to the mountain to celebrate 54 years of independence emphasizing on cleaning, protecting and conserving the mountain as well as promoting local tourism.
The flag off ceremony was attended by government officials from Kilimanjaro region including Moshi District Executive Director, Fulgence Mponji, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Chief Park warden, Erastus Lufungulo among many others.
The mountain Chief Guide who supervising the expedition, Faustine Chombo explained that, in the group there are also other top government officials including Ambassador Charles Sanga, Dr. Edmund Mndolwa, and Lt. Samweli Ndomba, among many others.
“I have experience of over 18 years on mountain climbing as a professional mountain guide; and I’m happy I’m leading this historical event marking the independence of our country, Chombo said.
One of the trekkers of this year’s Uhuru Expedition commended the role played by Zara Tours in promoting tourism in the country as well as creating employment.
The founder and Director of Zara Tours Ms. Zainab Ansell said various achievements have been attained in tourism sector in 54 years since our country’s independence.
Heading out on a Tanzania safari could be one of the greatest adventures that you ever take, and because of that many people end up going back for repeat visits after their first one. However, it’s important that you keep in mind the simple fact that a bit of planning ahead is important. Knowing what to expect, packing accordingly, and planning the right experience is vital to getting the most from your African safari tours. As such, keeping a few things in mind is important.
If you’ll consider the following points you should be able to have the best experience possible when you embark on your safari. Some are obvious, some not so obvious, but all are important considerations.
- First of all, understand just what to expect in terms of things like accommodations and dining. This isn’t a luxury resort you’re going to be staying in. However, good African safari tours will include reasonable accommodations that you will be quite comfortable in. But you shouldn’t assume you’re staying in a luxury penthouse or eating cuisine from a world famous chef.
- Also be sure to know that your experience may vary greatly from someone else’s. The best tours will end up taking you through areas that are filled with wildlife, but there’s no guarantee for what you’ll see. One safari may experience a predator taking down a zebra, while another will see giraffes grazing in the plains. Each trip is different, and each one is an adventure.
- Be sure to plan smart. The rainy seasons are around October, April, and May and as such you can expect heavy rainfall to be a part of your trip. Peak season runs through late December and January and will bring better experiences, but heavier demand. Plan accordingly.
- Pack smart. Bring the right kind of clothing for an African safari tour, not high heels or flip flops. Include things like cameras, ponchos, sunscreen, and other similar items so you will be prepared for your experience on the plains of Tanzania.
There’s no way to deny the fact that a safari in Tanzania is an experience unlike anything you will experience elsewhere. But there’s also no way to deny that it’s very important to plan ahead in order to get the most from it. If you’ll keep the things above in mind you should be able to plan properly and really enjoy yourself when you head out on your adventure.
Whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, or the holiday season, handing out gifts isn’t’ always easy – especially when someone seems to have it all. If you want to give something that will really impress, or if you just want to give yourself a little something special, booking a Tanzania safari experience could be the right decision. It’s a chance to give a real life adventure to someone close to you or to yourself, and as such is well worth taking a closer look at.
A Tanzania safari is exactly what you would think of when considering a safari – the chance to head into the open plains of Africa for up close and personal encounters with the wildlife that has become legendary. It’s appropriate for nearly anyone as long as they’re ready to experience a true adventure, and is a gift that will never be forgotten. If you’re not convinced, here are some benefits of giving yourself or a loved on a safari.
- A group experience that can help you and friends or family bond and share the adventure together.
- The chance to see wildlife up close and personal, with no zoo cages in your way.
- Beautiful scenery and stunning landscapes everywhere you turn.
- Memories and photographs or videos that will stay with you forever.
For those who want to go even further than the basic experience, some Tanzania safari tours offer the chance to go on even bigger adventures like climbing Kilimanjaro. That’s one of the best things about planning African safari tours – you can create the kind of trip that works best for you and your companions.
To get the most from a safari in Tanzania, it’s important to take steps to prepare. Start by choosing the right tour company, and then look into the specifics of the tour itself. Learn when to visit, what to expect during your visit, how long you’ll be there, and what to pack. Once you plan ahead, the only thing left to do is head out and experience Africa for yourself.
Instead of giving some trinket that will barely be used, consider giving a gift that will always be remembered. A Tanzania safari is a great gift for your loved ones, and is also a great present for yourself when you feel like you’ve earned it. If you’re looking for an experience like no other, there are few things that can compare to this.