Cornerstone is appealing for supporters to “fill their boots” and sign up for a challenge of a lifetime, which will see them climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
Cornerstone is planning the ‘Climb Kili for Cornerstone’ charity expedition for October 2014 and is now recruiting up to 40 people who are keen to take up the challenge in Eastern Tanzania. There are already 15 climbers signed up but there are still more spaces to fill!
It is hoped the October 2014 trip will raise thousands of pounds for the adults, young people and children across Scotland who are supported by Cornerstone and live with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs.
The 11-day challenge will see climbers flying from Scotland to Africa and joining an escorted trip led by local guides, reaching the 19,341 ft summit by moonlight after five days of steady climbing.
The trip is being organised by Keith Taylor, Cornerstone’s Director of Business Development, who has previously climbed Kilimanjaro.
He said: “Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro really is the trip of a lifetime and many people do it to mark a milestone birthday, retirement, a special anniversary or just to set themselves an amazing challenge.
“There is a perception that it’s only for the super fit but in fact anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can manage it, the key is to take it slow and steady to acclimatise to the altitude and the group is well supported by the local guides and porters.
“The feeling of elation when you reach the summit is incredible and I’d recommend it to anyone! We are looking to recruit up to 40 people to join the Cornerstone expedition in October 2014 and all the proceeds from sponsorship will go such a long way towards our work supporting people to live as full a life as possible.”
To secure a place on the expedition team, each participant will be asked to pay a non fund able deposit of £350 and commit to raising a further £3500, which includes return flights from Scotland to Tanzania, accommodation in hotels and tents while on the mountain, all meals including a celebration dinner on completion of the challenge, fees and other costs.
The path taken will be the Rongai route, the only one which approaches the summit of Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border.
The descent is down Marangu, on the south-east side of the mountain.
Detailed information packs are available for anyone interested in finding out more.