Student from Harpenden to climb Kilimanjaro

Student from Harpenden to climb Kilimanjaro

22 August 2012

A student from Harpenden has set herself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa, is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and stands at 5,895m. Kibo, the snow capped peak, is one of the most recognisable sights in the world of adventure and it is a huge challenge for those who are prepared to tackle the landscape and the altitude to reach the summit.

Emma Gibbs, who is currently studying at the University of Birmingham, is hoping to raise over £2500 for Meningitis Research Foundation by completing the six day trek. The trek is run by Student Adventures who create tailor made adventures for students.

Emma said: “During a volunteering holiday where I cared for a teenager who had contracted meningitis as a baby, I saw firsthand how people’s everyday lives could be affected by this terrible disease. This made me determined to do something to help others who have suffered from meningitis. The challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro will be hard work. It will require a lot of training before hand and determination during the climb itself. But I believe that I can and will achieve my goal!”

To sponsor Emma you can visit her giving page:

Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to Emma who is raising money for MRF by climbing Kilimanjaro. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms. As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for our work to fight meningitis, she has also helped raise awareness of this devastating disease.”

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2013 should contact a member of the Fundraising Team on: 01454 281814.  

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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