Janabiya resident Samantha Muller prepares to climb Kilimanjaro for charity
Time Out Bahrain staff
Tell us a bit about yourself, how long have you been in Bahrain and what do you do here? I’m originally from South Africa and have been here about two years. I’m not working at present but I have vast work experience in so many fields and have various interests. I am a vegan, vegetarian, love animals, especially dogs, we have our own dogs (they are our children) and I love sports and nature.
What made you decide to take on the Kili challenge? Many people climb Kili but I want to raise money while doing it. There are local charities, so I decided to raise funds to benefit them. Any amount is welcome but I would like $10 000 plus!
I have always loved nature and outdoors and am sporty, and since I was little have always wanted to climb Kili, but never had the opportunity. Finally the chance has arrived, so I want to do something good and positive with it at the same time.
When will you be doing the climb, which route and how are you training? It was planned for July but now looks likely to be September.
I am doing the nine-day Lemosho route with double summit.
The weather conditions vary from tropical, rainforest and desert to cold and snowy.
The mountain is 5,895m above sea level so there are some physical requirements needed. You can do some training, but the main concern is high altitude sickness.
I do lots of sports, running, yoga, women’s rugby and I set myself different goals and challenges like running marathons. I also recently did my first biathlon.
As I exercise already and do running, swimming, cycling and various other social sports I’m just keeping that up. I was also training in the snow on a recent trip to the UK.
Kilimanjaro fast facts
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Nearly every climber who has summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top.
The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.
The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 per cent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice free within the next 20 years, according to scientists.
Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful.
Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.
Car seats for kids
If, like us, you’re always horrified to see ‘freerange’ children strolling around unprotected in the back of moving cars or worse, perched on the driver’s lap in the front, now’s your chance to do something useful about it.
Earlier this year the Directorate of Traffic teamed up with online events and party supplies company Anasa inc to launch a car seat campaign in which companies and individuals cough up to pay for kids’ and infants’ car seats and Anasa distributes them to needy Bahraini families.
The campaign doesn’t stop there and Anasa is carrying out an awareness campaign visiting schools and parents’ groups to educate on the importance of car seats and, after Ramadan, the Traffic Directorate is planning an enforcement campaign, in conjunction with the new road laws, to push parents to take kids’ car safety seriously.
Tony Attalla of Anasa said: “This is something we’re really pleased to be a part of. In this part of the world people are not yet very well educated about the importance of car seats – and making sure you get the right one and that it’s correctly fitted - it’s no good fitting an infant seat in the front where it can be hit by an airbag!
“What’s scary is that traffic figures show that 70 to 75 per cent of child injuries in road accidents could have been prevented with the use of a proper car seat.
“We’re going out to schools and community groups and trying to educate people on the importance of car seats and encouraging people to donate car seats for distribution. So far Bahrain National Insurance Company and VIVA have already got behind the campaign and we’ve also had support from individuals but if more people get involved then, when the enforcement campaign begins, we can hand over car seats when people are stopped.”
The cost of donating a single car seat is BD25. It’s the same for corporate but there is a minimum number for branding to be included. See more at www.anansainc.com.