Sarah Leatham – Mt. Kilimanjaro

The Rotary Club of Tryon heard an amazing presentation for Hendersonville Rotarian Sarah Leatham during their December 10th meeting. In 2018, Sarah and a group of 7 other women accepted the challenge to climb Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds to fight Polio. During the adventure, Sarah and her group raised over $75,000 to support Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign .

Rotary Campaign

The six day adventure for Sarah and her group started in the Kilimanjaro National Park at about 2,000 feet above sea level. The first four days of the trip involved short hikes to help the group acclimate to the lack of oxygen at the higher elevations. The fifth day of the trip included the 18 mile ascent of the summit (19,340 ft.) and descent back down to a safe elevation. Throughout the presentation, Sarah shared great stories about her experiences with the guides, porters and other group members.

Ascent Map

Rotary International has been working for many years on eradicating Polio from the world. Each donation to the End Polio Now campaign is tripled with a double match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more about Rotary’s fight against Polio, visit the Rotary Club of Tryon website: http:\\

Rotarian Sarah Leatham with Assistant Governor Jim Cruickshank (left) and Rotary Club of Tryon President Fred Hartley

The Rotary Club of Tryon meets at 12:00 on Thursday in the Tryon Presbyterian Church. If you are interested in joining the Club, please contact the Club?s President, Fred Hartley at 423-341-4965 or