Braving the elements and teamwork generates live saving water

Led by Penny Appeal Fundraising Manager Haroon Mota, twenty-eight intrepid fundraisers set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, each raising over £4500 to help build life-saving water wells in the country on behalf of humanitarian charity Penny Appeal.

Climbers battled the unpredictable elements from blazing sun to torrential downpours and freezing cold temperatures, in what was a real test of mental and physical ability.

Standing at 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The volunteers trekked 62 kilometres over seven days to reach the summit in the harshest conditions they have ever had to face.

Each person had their own reason for climbing but the end result for all was the same, to help people whose lives are a daily struggle. More than £150,000 has been raised which will result in the building of 40 deep water wells, transforming the lives of thousands of people in Africa.

Haroon commented: “It was an extremely tough climb and the altitude really punished us. The weather was very harsh and several climbers were becoming sick and ill, but we stayed strong together as a team and made it to the top. We’re really proud of everyone who took part in the climb and can’t thank them enough for their tremendous efforts, not just for conquering Kilimanjaro but the months of fundraising and every penny will make a difference.”

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