Student from Ruskington to climb Kilimanjaro

Student from Ruskington to climb Kilimanjaro

09 July 2012

A student from Ruskington has set himself the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September 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.

James Christen, who is currently studying at Warwick University, is hoping to raise £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.

James said: “I first heard of MRF at university. They had a stall at the student union so I went and had a chat with them, curious about what Meningitis was. What I heard was terrible. So many people have been affected by this disease in horrible ways, from loss of limbs to mental impairments, even death. I decided to help, and by signing up for climbing Kilimanjaro hopefully I can do just that and raise awareness of the disease to my fellow students as well.”

To sponsor James you can visit his just giving page:

Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to James 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, he 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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