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Dear readers,

I’m going to be super clear here, so you understand what’s going on.  Because if you are coming here for wedding pics in the next couple of weeks, you might get confused.  Yes, I am still photographing weddings. But from Sept 27-Oct 11, I am photographing a life event of a different sort…

As I mentioned in a post last week, I am heading to Kenya to document the trip of 12 sixteen-year-olds from Scarborough, as they make a voyage of a lifetime.  Through Girl Impact, they have raised almost $50,000 for the UNICEF Kenya Scholarship Fund.  This means that they have raised enough money to send 12 Kenyan girls all the way through high school.  Isn’t that amazing?

If you think this is cool, and you want to donate to the scholarship, click here: https://secure.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at=1312

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After living in the dorm in Nairobi and going to school for a few days, they are heading to complete the fitness component of their program. One that they have been training for months for.  Over 8 days, they will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

It is hard to say exactly how this will impact their lives.  I went on a 36 day canoe trip when I was 16.  At the time, I knew it was a big deal.  But I never could have guessed the extent that it influenced my life thereafter. That one trip taught me about my strengths and weaknesses, about true friendship and deeply cemented my relationship with nature and my care for the environment.

For these girls to be going on this trip at that age, means they will never be the same.  It could influence their own belief in their abilities and relationship with challenges, their ideas about the global village, their understanding of how they can make a difference for other peoples’ lives, and will affect their daily lives back home.  If that’s not an impact, I don’t know what is.

If you think this is cool, and you want to donate to the trip funds, click here: http://www.bruzer.com/girlimpact/index.php?option=com_shop&sf=2&task=viewItem&id=129

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So. I am very fortunate to be heading on the trip as well, to document it for Girl Impact.  There are an amazing team of us going with the girls, including founders Leanne Nicolle and Jane Shaw (I don’t even understand how they brought this miracle together!), two awesome staff from the Toronto District School Board, former olympian Marnie McBean,  Roz Allen the videographer extraordinaire (Citizen Janes), and Laura Wills (www.Mssngr.com) who magnificently created the websites, the logo and will be blogging and working as our media/communications team director.  I’m ridiculously excited!!

To help raise funds on my end, I am donating photos that I take on the trip, to anyone who donates $100.  This is a cool project because you can buy the photo in advance, and it’s like a surprise.  You are supporting now, and choosing your photo later.

If you think this is cool, and you want to buy a photograph taken by me on the trip, click here: http://www.girlimpact.org/gi_promise_photo_project

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Last but not least, if you don’t want to donate, but you want to follow our journey, please read our blog!

There will be posts here when I can, but main blogging will be from the Girl Impact site, here: http://www.girlimpact.org/blog We will be going to great lengths to blog from the mountain where we can.  Your views would be greatly appreciated!!!

Whew!  More writing than usual. You with me?  Say HABARI!

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