Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for Guide Dogs is a chance for Sam to be a little bit selfish while also doing something incredibly selfless.

“I’ve always been mum and I’ve always been working,” Sam said. “I’ve never had a chance to do something like this and I would have never even considered it before.”

Through her mobile coffee business, Xpresso mobile café Brendale, Sam visits Guide Dogs Queensland every day to deliver her delicious coffee to staff and volunteers. Visiting the Nursery and Training Centre at Bald Hills gave Sam an insight into what Guide Dogs does and the life-changing impact the organisation has for people who are blind or vision impaired.

“I saw it pop up on Facebook and because I’m at Guide Dogs every day, it made it easy. I can see what Guide Dogs does and I want to do what I can to help people who need it.”

Like so many people, Sam has spent a lot of time raising her children and giving her time to others. The Mt Kilimanjaro climb is a chance for her to continue helping people, while also taking on an enormous personal challenge.

“It’s just something that I never thought I was going to do,” Sam said.

“It’s so out of the box for me. Just going to Africa and climbing a huge mountain.

“My eldest daughter is questioning what I’m doing. She lives in England and I didn’t tell her. I just put it on Facebook and she messaged me and said ‘are you going to Africa?’.”

While Sam was keen to take on the climb for personal reasons, it was the chance to fundraise for Guide Dogs that pushed her to say yes.

“If I just did it for myself it wouldn’t be the same. I’m raising money for people that need something and I can help give them that chance.”

Her advice for those considering taking on the challenge?

“I would say, ‘why not give it a go?’. You don’t know how much you are truly capable of unless you try. If you’re someone who wants to do something to help people, this is an incredible chance.”

“It’s a very personal challenge but it’s not a race. We’re all there to support each other to get up there and make it to the top.

“There is no way I’m not making it up that mountain.”

To find out more and embark on the adventure of a lifetime, click here or to donate to Sam’s fundraising page click here.

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