Climbing Mount Blanc to fight hunger

Amelie Zegmout atop Toubkal Mountain in Morocco earlier this year. Photo courtesy Amelie Zegmout

Amelie Zegmout on top of Toubkal Mountain in Morocco earlier this year. Photo courtesy Amelie Zegmout

By Angeli Mendoza, a Rotary Peace Fellow and social media officer for the Asia office of the World Food Programme

Amelie Zegmout, a past vice-president of the Rotary Club of Jumeirah-Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is climbing Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, to support the work of the World Food Programme (WFP).

Amelie fell in love with mountains as a child, and discovered trekking for charity in 2003 when she climbed Kilimanjaro for a local non-governmental organization. This Ramadan, Amelia, who has lived in Dubai for 15 years, is challenging herself with a two-day “climb against hunger.”

“I’m dedicating this Ramadan climb to WFP’s work because I believe in the sum of all small actions,” explains Amelie. “Raising awareness and funds for the fight against hunger is my personal contribution as part of a much larger campaign organized by the Rotary Club of Jumeirah to support WFP’s efforts in the Middle East region.”

Except for a local guide, the arduous climb will be undertaken solo and that’s why Amelie has been training for it.

Double impact

“It will be my first time to use ropes, ice axe and crampons!” she says with a nervous laugh. “I worry about being on my own and managing to push myself beyond limits. I find it much easier to be with a group since a lively team spirit can definitely help me carry on. I am also quite scared of unexpected falling rocks and avalanches. But overall, I cannot wait to be there!”

The climb is part of an effort by the Rotary clubs of the United Arab Emirates to double the impact of donors’s voluntary giving during Ramadan. You can support her climb online.

“People can also help by spreading the news and telling their friends about the campaign and the great impact WFP’s work can have for the hungry in the Middle East,” Amelie notes.

Adapted with permission from an article Mendoza wrote for the World Food Programme website.

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