Leila Quaba, who is in Primary 7, has done a sponsored mountain climb all the way up Ben Lomond in Scotland for the Mandala Trust. She raised £115 for refugees in Jordan! What a fantastic thing to do, Leila! Many Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in horrible situations without all the things we take for granted. Leila's money will help to pay for some of what they need so that they can go to school. Thank you, Leila!
Here is Leila on top of Ben Lomond with her brothers Zain and Yousef, and her cousin Maya. Leila is third from the left.
This is how Leila described the climb:
We were keeping an eye on the weather for a nice day to do the walk. It was a very long winter with lots of snow, but finally on Sunday 6th May, the sun was shining! Me, my mum, dad, brothers, uncle and cousins set off early to get to Ben Lomond. The weather was sunny and clear at the start where it was quite steep. We were stopping regularly for breaks and snacks as my younger cousins are 4 and 6. After about an hour and a half the ground started to even out and was like that for about an hour. My uncle turned back with my younger cousins because they were really tired. By the time we started climbing again we were above the clouds. At this point we were all putting on all our layers as it was freezing and very windy! It was another hour before we got to the top of the mountain and we were soaked after walking through the clouds! We couldn’t see much but it was so good to be standing at the top. The way back down made our legs ache but we got down a lot quicker. In total it took us 6 and a half hours.