Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Paul James Lindsay and I am 41 although can still pass for a 40 year old!
I work for Bank of Ireland in the Corporate Dept. and have been with BOI for 22 years.
As Claudia Winkleman is married, I am currently still single.
My best friend is my dog Sandy – 2 year old Golden Cocker Spaniel.
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
Richard Spratt (FOL CEO) previously worked in Bank of Ireland so I knew him and that he had left the Bank to take up the FOL position. Also my friend Johnny Bailie is connected to FOL so he would have mentioned it in conversation.
My first involvement with FOL was early in 2015 when I read their Facebook Post about the Kilimanjaro Trek.
Why did you decide to do the FOL Kili trip?
In 2012 I took unwell and spent several months in hospital. When I got out I realised that I needed to give back to those who were less fortunate than myself and that I had been given a chance to help others.
When I saw the Facebook post I didn’t think twice about it – the opportunity to raise funds to bring the basic of needs – Clean Water- to men, women, mothers, fathers and children seemed a no brainer. Also to be honest, the chance to stand on top of the tallest Mountain in Africa helped make my mind up!
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to the couple of days we get to spend in Uganda with the villagers and children and to see what FOL and the money raised will be used for. It is easy to sit in the comfort of our homes and watch documentaries on the News or Children in Need, Comic Relief and see the basic human needs of countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, East Africa and to say “Oh that’s awful” and donate a few pounds and feel good about ourselves but to be able to actually visit and see firsthand what is required and what God is doing through charities such as FOL will be amazing.
With regards to Kilimanjaro – I’m looking forward to the challenge of making it to the top, the craic with the team not only on Kili but also in the fundraising year leading up to it and the Sunset that everyone talks about!
What are you least looking forward to?
I’m a bit of a weird eater so the menu on Kili may not be to my acquired taste to that will be interesting.
Not looking forward to leaving Sandy at home for a fortnight – a miss him when im at work from 9 to 5 so 15 days will be tough.
Lastly I guess it would 2 weeks of Richard’s jokes – horrendous !
What’s the best advice you have received so far?
When I was very young my Granda always told me – Women – You can’t Live with them…You cant Live with them! ( probably why I’m still single)
But the Best Advice regarding Kilimanjaro would have to be from my Mum who told me not to forget to ring her when I get to the Top !