BY now they should be nearing the roof of Africa.
A team of 22 intrepid fundraisers are taking on the challenge of a lifetime – a 12-day trip to conquer the world’s highest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
They are doing it to raise funds for South Yorkshire children and young people’s charity SAFE@LAST.
The group is made up of a variety of individuals including Hilary Massarella, founder trustee of SAFE@LAST.
There is a mix of ages and occupations, but they all have a single aim – to reach the ice-capped summit of the mountain, 5,895m above sea level, after six days of trekking and enduring basic living conditions.
During the trek, the group will walk through sweltering heat in the day and try to keep warm in their tents during the freezing nights.
Dan Dean, SAFE@LAST trustees chairman,was there to wave them off.
He said: “Throughout the 12 years of SAFE@LAST, hundreds of people have spent thousands of hours walking, running, sleeping rough, dancing and doing challenges to raise funds.
“Now this special group are taking on the longest and highest challenge yet.
“The efforts of these heroes and all their supporters will make this event the biggest and most successful fundraiser SAFE@LAST has had.
“Every step they take on this climb will raise funds to help vulnerable young people in South Yorkshire.”
n Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/kili2012 to sponsor the team.