Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coalition Duchenne

I have been invited to join Coalition Duchenne for their climb again this year. They have been having it annually for the last four years. If I am to say yes, this will be my fourth climb up Kinabalu and the second time around with Cath Jayasuriya and her group of international climbers. Today, with Cath's permission, I'd like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to join her and the rest of the team, if you can and would like to go. The expedition will be held on the 15-17th of August 2014. Registration have started. Only 100 spots are available for 2014, so don't miss it!. You can contact Cath at ~ to sign up.

I assure you that climbing Mount Kinabalu itself is an experience not to be missed and the fact that now, that you have the chance to do so with a bunch of like minded souls, from all walks of life and around the world, is indeed something to get excited about. This year, you will also be making history. The hundred of you, will be witnessing a spectacular flyby, by a world renowned Wingsuit flyer. For your information, this is the first time ever that a Wingsuit flyer will fly over Mt Kinabalu! I for one, am tempted to spread my wings and join him :)

Do you want to know how much fun it is to be a part of something bigger? Join Coalition Duchenne this year and find it out for yourselves!

Malaysian cost: MYR 1,090.00
Climbing rate MYR 690.00
Donation MYR 400.000
* For non Malaysians, please enquire with Cath directly.
· Guaranteed entry to join the climb
· VIP participation in Flag off ceremony hosted by Sabah Minister of Tourism, at the 5 star Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR).
· All guide fees, Sabah Park conservation fees, insurance and park entrance fees
· Exclusive VIP access to motivational presentation with world renowned Wingsuit pilot, plus meet and greet.
· VIP exclusive dinner and cultural show hosted by Sabah Minister of Tourism, at STAR
· Two nights accommodation (one night at the National Park, and one night at 11,000ft on Mt Kinabalu)
· Six meals (All meals)
· Transport from KK to the mountain and back
· Screening of Award-winning 'Dusty's Trail: Summit of Borneo'
· Limited edition Coalition Duchenne t-shirt.
· A personalized fundraising page.
· You will forge local and international friendships with like minded people who want to do more for health, for life, and for boys with Duchenne!
With every step you take up Mt Kinabalu, you will advance Coalition Duchenne's mission to fund research breakthroughs and to raise global awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

If you are interested to join, please let Cath know and she will send you more information on how to secure your spot. Thank you for your support :)

** Below are some memorable pictures from my last year's adventure with the Coalition. 16-18 August 2013 **

                                                    Dusty stopped by to say HI!

                                                The breath taking view from the peak 

                                                            No pain, no gain!

                             The amazing view and often nerve wracking tracks on the way down

                     I was either chasing angels or fleeing demons...Yes! that must have been it....

                          Vanessa, Kana, Ganesh & I ~ stopping by for a pose during descent

                                       Boy! Aren't we glad to make it to Laban Rata :)

                                          Get set! Ready!! Go!!! ( Kinabalu Park )

                         At the closing ceremony with Ganesh, Vanessa & Munya at the back.

                 At Low's Peak with Kana & our new found friend Munya, from Zimbabwe

At the start of our climb ~ Timpohon gate with Dusty's brother, Vanessa, Munya & one of our guides.

                     Life's a bit like mountaineering. Never look down ~ Edmund Hillary

       Pictures of the Karupiah brothers and I, with Dusty's mom, his brother & maternal grandmother. ( P/s - Ravi & I climbed Rinjani, a volcanic mountain in Lombok, Indonesia with Monyet King & Gang, the year before & the both of us did the Annapurna Base Camp together in October last year, a few months after our Coalition Duchenne's adventure )

                           Welcome ceremony & High Tea at Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort. Many new faces. I had a great time at the closing ceremony as well. Some of us still keeps in touch from time to time & a lucky few met their mates there :)

At Laban Rata, from my left ~ sitting : Ganesh, Ravi, Vanessa & Kana. Standing : Cath & Ravi's brother, Vasu a.k.a Wachowski Sr :)

At Sayat Sayat on the way up for the sunrise, with my Sabahan Coalition Duchenne's room mate Vanessa & fellow climber Kana

Nothing beats knowing that YOU did it & for a good cause too! Happy training..Do come to Sabah, climb Mount Kinabalu with Coalition Duchenne & allow me, to be the first to wish you ~ Selamat Datang.


  1. Hi Jasmine, hope all is well with you. I would so love to join but i have no confidence I could do it :(

  2. Hey sweetie, glad to hear from you. We got to stop selling ourselves short. Of course we can :) Start training consistently & by August, I am positive that you'll be ready..We are after all what we think we are..Our thoughts shall create our world ♥