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Waterloo firefighter to climb Kilimanjaro in fundraiser for well in Africa

Joanne Marchildon (left) and Laura Bender.

A Waterloo firefighter is getting ready to scale a giant mountain in May.

Joanne Marchildon and another local mother – Laura Bender of Baden, are hoping to raise $10,000 to build a well in East Africa.

Marchildon says she will start the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro on May 3rd.

That mountain is 19,341-feet. It’s called the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and is the highest one in Africa.

She tells 570 News she’s been a part of a group of local moms hoping to make a difference.

Mom 2 Mom Africa is a local not for profit that provides funds to build schools and help families.

Last year, the group built a school in Arusha, Tanzania. This year, it is hoped with this mountain climb, they can build a well for that school.

She’s says they’ve been training since November, hiking, changing the way they eat and preparing mentally as well.

A number of local fundraising events are planned:

-Tonight, an almost sold-out event to dine with Waterloo Firefighters and get a fire hall tour. Their TV chef
finalist firefighter will make a five course meal

-Saturday, Rock climbing event 11am to 3pm at Grand River Rock

-Saturday, April 25th, a silent auction planned for Wilmot Rec. Complex during a wellness fair