York graduate and The Yorker‘s former News Editor Laura-Autumn Cox plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, to raise money for charity. Alongside a team of other students from the University of York, Cox will attempt the climb over a period of seven days, starting on the 28th August.
Standing at approximately 19 341 feet above sea level, dormant volcano Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Climbers face a difficult ascension, and must guard against the dangers posed by altitude sickness, low temperatures and occasional stormy weather.
Cox is completing the task in order to raise money for the charity Dig Deep which, according to its charity profile on mydonate.com, “works with rural communities in Kenya to break the cycle of poverty through access to water and sanitation”. Dig Deep hopes to achieve its aims by implementing training, purchasing appropriate equipment and more generally empowering Kenyans to aspire to transform their families’ lives for the better. Currently, according to figures quoted by the charity, a staggering 16.5 million people in Kenya do not have access to safe drinking water, and a further 30 million are without basic sanitation.
Inspired to attempt the climb because she was “never one to turn down a challenge,” Cox added: “I’ve never travelled outside of Europe and can’t wait to make a difference to the lives of others. I’ve done a fair amount of charity work before but this is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on yet”.
Supporters are encouraged to donate to Cox’s fundraiser page, which can be found at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lauracoxkili.
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