Charity trek up Africa's Kilimanjaro

26th Sep 2012

Preparing to climb Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro has been a life-altering challenge for a senior manager from Chichester District Council who aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity with his trek.

Kenrick Garraway is the council's assistant director for the economy and he has been working for a year to get ready to climb the tallest mountain in Africa.

Kenrick has already sponsored two children from the Philippines for many years, but decided he wanted to do more by raising funds for a youth leadership programme set up by Compassion UK. The programme helps children with outstanding academic and leadership potential.

He will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on 5 October to meet students participating in the Compassion UK programme before heading to Tanzania to start his climb up 20,000 ft Mount Kilimanjaro.

Preparing for the 74-mile trek up and down the mountain has required Kenrick to change his lifestyle. He also sought help from personal trainers at Westgate Leisure Chichester and the council's wellbeing service.

Kenrick said: "I decided I wanted to help the charity further with their fight against poverty and so decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness and raise further funds. The money will support a leadership development programme that will help provide children with the training and skills they need to get a well paid job."


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