Lola Onipko (Ukraine) – Walking to the Roof of Africa to raise funds for kids with Cerebral Palsy in the Ukraine
Twenty-five years ago, Lola Onipko’s sister was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects a part of brain that controls muscle movement, coordination and balance. Lola hopes to successfully reach Uhuru Peak, at 5,895 meters above sea level, in order to raise awareness about this neurological disorder, which is incurable, but can be improved through early rehabilitation.
“The first step is always a huge milestone in every child and parents’ lives – as a mum of a two-year-old I experienced this overwhelming feeling of joy and pride. But a lot of families might never be able to experience it, if we don’t raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy and help to provide early rehabilitation. My mission is to make rehabilitation accessible to every child in need. Each step that I take on the mountain will be dedicated to children who are yet to take their first step. We should have courage and compassion for children that are less fortunate. I also hope to encourage our societies to take rapid steps towards integrating children with disabilities and giving them equal chances for a brighter future,” shared Lola Onipko.
Lola, a volunteer and member of the International Women’s Association of Prague, will start her expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on 11 September 2016. She has set up the following donation page to raise funds for purchasing special therapy suits for a new rehabilitation center in Kiev, called “Step by Step”: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lola-kilimanjaro