Granny steps up to trip of a lifetime

2015-07-14 06:00
Katherine Stemmet is taking one step at a time to raise funds in an effort to take a trip to Israel. 

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Katherine Stemmet is taking one step at a time to raise funds in an effort to take a trip to Israel. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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With a spring in her step a 75-year-old grandmother is walking to fulfil her last wish on her bucket list.

Dreyersdal resident Kay Stemmet is raising funds to take 10 people with her to the “holy land” by walking 300km.

Stemmet is planning on raising about R300 000 to set out on the trip to Israel.

She started her initiative last year by walking 5km every second day and has so far has walked about 100km, which includes walking to the city centre twice and once to Simon’s Town.

“I have always loved being active and walking is refreshing for me. It keeps me going and so I thought it would be a good way for me to raise the funds needed for the trip,” she says.

Stemmet plans to take along with her a group of women from various communities, including Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Grassy Park, Blue Downs, Bridgetown and Phillipi.

“I have not yet approached these women, but I have chosen them as they are people who give back to their communities through various projects that they manage. They are women who never expect anything in return and never ask to be acknowledged for the work they do,” she says.

Stemmet says once she has raised all the funds she will approach the women and invite them on her trip.

“I want to surprise them with the trip and it will be up to them to decide whether they would like to join me,” she says.

Stemmet has raised about R20 000 since she started the initiative; money that was given to her through donations from people who know what she is trying to do.

She says she is now more determined than ever to reach her goal. She is calling on the public to help her realise her dream.

“I have calculated how many kilometres I would need to walk before the end of the month and if I can do about 60km a week I will meet my deadline,” she says.

Stemmet explains that if she can get the public to donate about R1000 per km towards her initiative she will be able to raise all the funds needed for the trip.

“I am not asking people to individually donate R1000 per km, but if a group of about 10 people could donate R100 each toward the R1000 per km then I will reach my target. However, any donation is welcome” she says.

Her back-up plan is to extend the fundraising to the end of August.

“I have to be realistic about it and if I am unable to raise all the funds at the end of the month I will continue to walk until I have,” she says determinedly

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