He did it! Son1, 15, made the summit of Kilimanjaro!

Tania writes…

Luca Kili

Son1, Luca, made it to the summit with other team members

For those of you who have been interested in Aspie Son1’s expedition to Africa, a quick update.

He made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro! He wasn’t alone, of course. Luca was one of seven boys and three team leaders in their group to make the very summit, Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point on 23rd July 2013.

I had heard the numbers already from the wonderful Suzi at school, but did not know if Luca was among the ones who had made it to the very top as, despite strength and training, there are many factors that can intervene.

Congratulations to Luca and to all the boys who made the ascent, in both teams, shepherded by teachers, Sherpas and the action men from World Challenge, whether they managed the final push or not. Let’s not forget, they are all at a specialist school, although those still with physical difficulties would, of course, not have chosen to make the trip. And, they are all aged 15-17.

They have already laid a classroom floor and dug drainage trenches at their twin school, got to know the children, played football with them and cooked for them. They are now on safari before returning home next week.

I dreamed on Thursday night I was with my boy and he told me then he had made it to the top. It was such a vivid dream that I knew it must be true. But real-life confirmation came from Will Scrace’s mum, Collette, and made me burst into tears with relief – many thanks to Collette.

Thanks to everyone who has commented with kind words here and on Facebook – it’s really appreciated and will be something I can show Luca when he returns. If you’d like to leave a comment, that would be brilliant – they’ve all worked so hard.

Happy weekend!

Expedition Roll Call: (Added to when and if permission given)

Team 1: Luca Tirraoro, Will Scrace, Chad White

Led by: Richard from World Challenge, Mick Johnson from MHS

Team 2:

Led by:    

Kili teams

The teams before departure



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  1. Pam Szadowski

     /  July 28, 2013

    Fantastic, what an amazing achievement!!!!!Well done to staff and boys, whether you made it all the way up or not!!!! Pam Szadowski

  2. Fantastic. Well done to staff and boys. What an amazing achievement to take part in this expedition!! Congratulations to everyone who took part, irrespective of whether they climbed to the summit!!!!

  3. francesgabriel75

     /  July 28, 2013

    Well done Luca – you’ve achieved something that many people who are older and more experienced than you would baulk at. Once in a lifetime – you’ll be able to look back on this with pride and think, “I did that!” Fantastic! Hope family safely reunited soon.

  4. swanarchie07

     /  July 29, 2013

    Wow what an amazing thing to do for any young person 15-17 yrs but one who has there own difficulties and additional needs. Youmust be the proudest parent alive well done luca and teams. Inspirational

    • Tania Tirraoro

       /  July 29, 2013

      Thanks! They’re on the beach now! Roll on Thursday 0715 Heathrow!

  5. lesley mccall

     /  July 30, 2013

    Well done boys we are all very proud of you 🙂


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