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Micah’s gift

Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

Micah Kickett enjoyed his time in South Africa with the Bela Bela community and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Micah Kickett enjoyed his time in South Africa with the Bela Bela community and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

Former local Micah Kickett has returned from a trip to South Africa where he had helped raise money for a poor village.

The British charity, Oxfam, had put out a call for people to join one of two teams with the goal of raising $180,000 for the village of Bela Bela.

Micah raised $3,100 himself and a lot of that came from Broken Hill people.

He also visited Bela Bela and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Micah said the decision to take the challenge happened very quickly.

"I rang Oxfam out of interest and found out what was involved," he said.

"They told me they had a few places left and I had to decide quickly if I wanted to do it.

"I rang back and said I would do it - I didn't really think about it."

Micah now lives and studies in Perth, and he said people from Broken Hill and Perth had been very generous.

He said this was the first time Oxfam had allowed the participants to visit the villages they raised money for.

"We got to meet the community and the people we are supporting who are living with HIV/AIDS or have poor health or poor education."

Micah said it was an eye-opener.

"I did get sick while I was there and it hindered my ability to get to the top of the mountain, but overall it was a pretty good experience.

"Visiting the community was also something you don't see every day - it was an eye-opener seeing all the issues that impacted the community.

"It was also great to see where the money I had raised went."

Micah also thanked everyone who made a contribution.

"I had a lot of individual contributions, as well as companies donating and people putting money in tins I had placed around.

"The experience was definitely something I'll never forget. It was more challenging than I thought it would be, but it it was all part of the experience."

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