October 5, 2010 A 15-strong team from UNIGLOBE British Isles has raised over £30,000 after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The money will be used to help care for and educate girls in Tanzania as part of international charity Plan’s “Because I am a girl” campaign, which recognises the important role girls play in helping communities around the world break the cycle of poverty.
The challenge to conquer Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, was one of the hardest things the participants had ever done according to one Uniglobe member, Mark Hewett of UNIGLOBE Gemini Travel, who said: “A huge mental and physical resolve was needed at times and it was the camaraderie of the 15-strong team that kept us going.”
The volunteers flew out to Tanzania earlier this month and reached the summit on September 12th after seven days of gruelling mountain trekking, climbing nearly 6,000 metres to the Uhuru Peak – at 5,895 metres the highest point in Africa.
President of UNIGLOBE British Isles, Derek Hearl-Maunder, who accompanied the team to Tanzania and visited some of the work Plan is undertaking there, said: “The work of Plan to help give children across the developing world a better chance is awe-inspiring.
“As a company, UNIGLOBE is passionate about supporting this superb charity and every penny we raise will be donated to the project in Tanzania.”
The group is doing well and on its way towards raising the target of £35,000 which will enable a new school and residence for girls to be completed, and is appealing for more donations by logging into the donations page.
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