Former Olympian returns from charity climb up Kilimanjaro

Cheryl Bernard describes the feeling of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, as “out of this world.”

The Calgarian silver medallist in curling in the 2010 Olympics recently returned from Tanzania after climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for World Vision.

Since Bernard’s retirement from curling last summer, she has worked with charities in Calgary and abroad.

“One was World Vision, it’s international and it speaks for children, and the second was actually with Goodwill of Alberta and I wanted to do something local, and that’s speaking out for Albertan with disabilities,” she said.

The Kilimanjaro climb was to support World Vision’s projects to help girls and women forced into marriages or “dirty and degrading work, slave labour, technically,” Bernard said.

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