The Kilimanjaro Challenge

Swift Group's Duncan Smith (who is our National Sales Manager for Holiday Homes), Rhys Beak Sales Manager - Blackhills Caravans and Dave Randle – owner of UK Sundecks are taking on the formidable Kilimanjaro Challenge from 21st February 2014.

These very brave adventurers are taking on this very tough challenge on behalf of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK whose aim is to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. This tremendous cause enables seriously ill children the chance to have their wishes come true and create many happy memories.

The hardy adventurers - Duncan, Rhys and Dave

Pictured: The hardy adventurers - Duncan, Rhys & Dave

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing it is one of the all time great achievements. Rising majestically from a rolling plain close to the Indian Ocean, Kilimanjaro soars to a chilling 5,895m high peak (well above the cloud line).

It's the highest mountain in Africa and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. You can only imagine the incredible feeling watching the sun rise over the vast African plains.

Kilimanjaro's location on an open plain close to the Indian Ocean and its great size and height strongly influence the climate, vegetation, animal life and the climbing conditions. It also creates its own weather system affecting the surrounding rainfall pattern, which means that hiking Kilimanjaro requires immense stamina, persistence and a waterproof resilience.

Duncan explains further “I decided to take up this challenge for a number of reasons; firstly I wanted to do something for an excellent cause and Make-A-Wish Foundation UK is very close to my heart, secondly it's an incredible challenge and has pushed me to improve my personal fitness prior to the trip. It also is wonderful that I am able to participate in this challenge with my friends Rhys and Dave as strong camaraderie will keep us all going, especially when it gets tough!”

Duncan is keeping a video diary right through until after the challenge so please follow him, Rhys and Dave on their Youtube channel:

If you wish to sponsor Duncan please visit: www.justgiving.co.uk/duncansmith1977

Or text a donation send DUNC66 plus and amount £5, £10 to 70070

Make A Wish Foundation - www.make-a-wish.org.uk

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