Bandar Seri Begawan - Four volunteers representing the Brunei Adventure Recreational Association (BARA) will try to conquer the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, for charitable cause in the "Climb Kili for Kids" Challenge.
The volunteers comprising Michelle Basir, Huwaich Ishaaq, Anggie Jong and Cheong Kok Liang look set to be the first group from Brunei to join a challenge even inspired by Childreach International, an international development charity based in the UK.
They have raised the bare minimum of funds set by Childreach International totalling B$16,000 in the last few months to take part in the climb, whose objective k to raise funds to provide children with greater access for education and improved health.
Michelle said that BARA is registered under Childreach International, which helps children and women in many countries.
"We raised B$4,000 for each person and part of the money goes to the hike while most of it will go to charity. They have different challenges where you raised funds and the proceeds channelled to different women and children in the other countries by helping them build facilities and providing them with easy access to water and education," said Michelle.
"I've climbed Mount Kinabalu but Mt Kilimanjaro; will obviously be a tougher challenge because of the higher altitudes," she added.
Another trekker, Cheong said that according to research, Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest freestandir4 mountain in the world. "Obviously Mount Everest is the highest mountain but Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest in terms of it being a lone mountain ascending from the ground without any ranges."
Cheong pointed out that the group would experience two days of tropical weather as they embark theii journey with temperatures drastically dropping during the final stages of their adventure.
The four said they volunteered to join the course and informed representatives from the Childreach International about their participation, with Michelle adding that they have been receiving tremendous support throughout their campaign of raising money for charity.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin