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Welcome to the first post of #Climbing4Lions.

I am starting this blog to raise funds for Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo South Africa. I first heard about Emoya when ADI rescued the circus lions from awful conditions in Peru and Columbia. The founders of Emoya, Savannah and Minunette’s story truly inspired me. When the opportunity arose for me to volunteer at Emoya, I seized it without any hesitation.

Professionally, I am in higher education. In my free time, I am a novice hiker who enjoys running and yoga. I believe that this journey, that will culminate in reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro will be an interesting (to say the least) chapter of my life and I will grow and learn from the experience. I am a fledgling when it comes to blogging, but I intend and hope that these posts will inspire readers to support and donate funds to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.

In our next post Amanda Marias, my fundraising partner in crime and counterpart M in MandM will share her passion for the lions.

So why should you support #Climbing4Lions?

  1. Having volunteered twice at Emoya I have seen first-hand the dedication, love and hours that go into caring for the big cats, yet very little of this is foregrounded on the web page or Facebook, in fact only the cats are emphasised.
  2. I feel it’s important to support young people doing great things.
  3. The big cats deserve to live out the remainder of their lives with dignity, basking under the warm African sun.

Going forward there will be weekly blogs letting you in on all the trials, tribulations and triumphs of this journey. Having had the privilege of volunteering twice at Emoya I will share stories of my time spent at Emoya in future blogs.

Together we are hoping to raise R50 000 for Emoya through various fundraising events which we will share on the blog and Facebook page. I would like to emphasise that I am covering all my own costs climbing Kilimanjaro and that all funds raised will go directly to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary to use where the greatest need is.

I would like to invite you to join us on this journey, please get involved (I would love some company on Kilimanjaro), share comments, ask questions and most importantly take part in the various fundraising events.

If you would like to donate, please visit Doit4Charity

Until next time,


6 Comments, RSS

  • Sian

    says on:
    May 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    This is so exciting! Will be cheering you on every step of the way.

    • Amanda Lee

      says on:
      May 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you, Sian, I value and appreciate your support and help in this journey.

  • Monica

    says on:
    May 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Mandy! I applaud you, can’t come with you though 😉 . It is a big adventure for a great cause. Having volunteered at Emoya myself I can state that the dedication of Savannah and Minunette to the big cats is to be admired. Donation will be made before you start climbing. Good luck with the preparations!!

    • Amanda Lee

      says on:
      May 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Monica, it would be lovely if you could join me on this adventure, although I am sure in the less glamorous parts of Kilimanjaro I will want to trade places with you 😊. Thank you for your kind words they mean a lot to me and I appreciate your support. Hopefully, we can meet at Emoya one day in the future.

  • Gail Gould

    says on:
    June 8, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Admirable and brave. My goodness Mandy. This is so exciting. I will be following your journey with great interest.

    • Amanda Lee

      says on:
      June 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Gail it is getting very real now…. looking forward to the adventure x

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