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16 January 2010
Cromarty to Kilimanjaro

Following (almost literally) in the footsteps of her neighbours Pete and Al Clunas, Shirley Ross leaves for Africa today and her attempt to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. She describes the trek as a long-held dream and personal challenge. She hopes friends and colleagues will support her effort by donating to her chosen charity Kids Aid Tanzania. You can contribute to this British-registered charity (that helps Tanzanians working with vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS) by going to her JustGiving page.

Shirley promises a photo of herself at the summit, but meantime has supplied "a picture of my chooks who are possibly the better known residents of Gordons Lane!"