A team of 12 intrepid rail professionals have just completed 7-day expedition to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for Railway Children.
At a height of 5896m, the group had to contend with the effects of altitude, including headaches, nausea and exhaustion to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. All 12 successfully summited in the fastest time ever achieved by the group’s expedition leader who has now summited Kilimanjaro 24 times.
Katie Mason, Events Manager from Railway Children, said: “The support from our sponsor Turner & Townsend has been amazing and to have raised £80,000 is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. Funds raised from the trip will go directly to children in need in East Africa, India and the UK. From providing shelter, food, and clothing to medical supplies, education and counseling, we will be able to reach and transform the lives of so many more children.”
After the trek, the group travelled to Mwanza in Tanzania to visit projects funded by Railway Children and see first hand what a difference their fundraising efforts will make, including youth association outreach work with street gangs, a short-term home, and a drop-in centre. The group also went on an early morning street walk and saw the desperate circumstances in which the children live, sleeping in plastic sacks huddled in shop doorways.
Patricia Moore, expedition team member and Managing Director for Infrastructure at Turner & Townsend, said, “Having conquered the mountain, our cherry on the pie was experiencing first hand Railway Children’s invaluable work in Africa. I was struck by how much the kids needed, not just the basics of food, shelter, education and healthcare, but human contact and kindness as well. The charity’s strategy of reunifying street connected kids with their families and working progressively with the family unit to strengthen it provides a sustainable and comprehensive solution to a complex problem.”
More information about Railway Children’s next adventure ‘Ride India’ - a 450km bike ride through Rajasthan that also includes a project visit in Delhi – can be found here.