While most of us will still be regretting the holiday-season indulgences 22-year-old University of Sydney student Lyndall Hord will be tackling the toughest physical challenge of her life to raise much needed funds for three key issues affecting East Africa.
The Seven Hills resident is just one of 11 women from around the world to take part in 3 Peaks 3 Weeks 2012. Alongside her teammates, Lyndall will take just three weeks to summit three of Africa’s highest peaks – Mt Meru, Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro.
“The whole challenge is incredibly exciting and inspiring, as well as more than a little bit scary!” Lyndall said prior to leaving. “As the youngest member of the team, I feel privileged to have such a wonderful opportunity and I’m so excited to meet the rest of the climbers after speaking to everyone on conference calls over the last year.”
Lyndall graduated in 2010 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Studies (Musicology) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
3 Peaks 3 Weeks is an annual all-female climbing event which aims to raise awareness and funds for three East African non-profit organisations involved with Africa’s three peak issues – education, environment and health.
One of only two Australians on the team, Lyndall has been fundraising all year. The team has currently raised more than $80,000.
“The fundraising is split three ways between St Jude’s School in Tanzania, the Laikipia Wildlife Foundation in Kenya and the HIV/Aids program run by Support for International Change,” she said.
“Not only do we climb three different mountains, we also get to visit the three charities and it is a great opportunity to see where the money goes and the people we are helping firsthand.”
The physiotherapy student has been training hard for 3 Peaks 3 Weeks by bushwalking, rock climbing, swimming and working out in the gym. She acknowledges the mountains will be hard, but says she feels responsible to help out those in need.
“3 Peaks 3 Weeks is going to be the most challenging experience of my life – but will be nothing compared to the enormous struggles faced by those living in East Africa,” said Lyndall.
“I want to do what I can to help improve the health, education and environment of the country before it is too late.”
Since January 2007, 44 women have taken the 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge with the Peaks Foundation raising and distributing more than $685,000 to aid three non-profit organisations in East Africa.