Cory Clendenning, one of our realtors at Royal LePage Noralta West, will soon be trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for The Mustard Seed, a non-profit that strives to alleviate poverty and homelessness by providing food, shelter, and care to vulnerable communities. His goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of his trip, and he has already raised nearly $4,000.
The Mustard Seed
Cory will be funding the entirety of his trip out of his own pocket, so all of the money raised will be going towards helping The Mustard Seed in their day-to-day-operations: providing food to the homeless, distributing warm winter clothing to those in need, and transitioning vulnerable people into affordable housing.
Since the 1980s, the organization has been providing the homeless with necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene products, as well as offering education, employment programs, health and wellness services, and emergency shelters. It’s an organization close to Cory’s heart, and he’s been involved with it several times in the past. Along with raising money, he’s helped gather over 100 warm sweaters for their annual sweater drive, and regularly drops off Tim Horton’s as a donation.
“I have donated A LOT of Tim Horton’s coffee,” he recalls.
Cory (second from the left) dropping off Tim Horton’s to The Mustard Seed.
En Route to Tanzania
When he isn’t running his real estate business, Cory is an avid adventurer who loves to travel around the world. To those who know Cory, it comes as no surprise that he had his sights set on journeying to Africa to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. He was determined to make this his next adventure, and he saw the trip as an opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives.
“I decided last summer I wanted to hike Mount Kilimanjaro as a bucket list item, but later on I realized I wanted an organization to benefit from me hiking this mountain,” he says. “As Edmonton does have a prevalent homeless population, I wanted to align myself with an organization that is directly involved with this issue.”
In an article published by the Edmonton Sun, Cory explains how he has been training for his climb the past two months.
Cory is preparing for the climb by hiking around Canmore.
“I stay in pretty good shape normally with yoga, riding bikes/running stairs, gym, hockey etc, but NOT in hiking shape. I’ve changed up my routine and added swimming (it’s supposed to help with the altitude) and I’m now driving down to Calgary once a week to get some tougher day hikes in around Canmore.”
Cory flies in to Kenya on October 9, and plans to start hiking around October 13. He hopes to reach his goal of raising $10,000 before he leaves for his trip, but will happily accept donations until he returns on October 26.
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth, making it a major climbing destination for both experienced and first-time hikers. The top of the mountain is 5,895 metres above sea level, and it takes anywhere between five to nine days to reach the summit.
Cory plans on spending around seven to eight days on the mountain. “The more time you spend on the mountain, the better chance you have of getting acclimated to the altitude, which is often the biggest obstacle.”
Altitude sickness is unfortunately common amongst those attempting to hike up Kilimanjaro. An estimated 30,000 people attempt to climb up the mountain each year, but less than 50% of hikers succeed in reaching the top. The best way to ensure that your climb is successful is by taking a slow and steady approach to your ascent.
If you would like to show support for Cory Clendenning and donate to The Mustard Seed, click here. To ensure that your donation is tracked towards his goal of $10,000, please indicate that you are donating for Cory Clendenning or #hikeforhope in the final column at checkout.