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Olympian Cheryl Bernard prepares for unforgettable journey

Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard is gearing up for an epic trek.

The curler is taking part in KiliClimb4Kids, an eight-day hike to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain to help end child slavery.

For the Calgarian, it won’t be an easy journey, but her motivation is simple.

“It could have been any one of us,” she said. “Especially when it’s children, I think it’s always heartbreaking to think of those kids; they didn’t chose that life and the stuff they have to go through. It makes me always want to speak out for people that don’t have a voice of their own.”

She said World Vision Canada is a charity very close to her heart, after she sponsored a girl from Tanzania.

“I think we are arranging that I meet her before we do the climb up Kilimanjaro,” she explained. “It gets me choked up now because I think it’s going to be one of those moments in life in where you think that this is what life is about. I’m excited to meet her and I think that’s going to be a bigger part of that trip for me than even the climb is. I can’t wait.”

She’ll be joined on the climb with ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli, TV host JD Scott and Canadian YouTube sensation Corey Vidal.

For more information on how you can help visit KiliClimb4Kids.