Carl Arntzen, director of Bosch Thermotechnology at Worcester, Bosch Group, is to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro at the beginning of next month.
The climb is in aid of SACRED, the South African Children’s Resource for Education and Development.
He won’t be alone, since the 5,892 metre climb will be part of a trip arranged by pump manufacturer Grundfos. Also tackling the mountain will be Grundfos’s Duncan Cooper, Peter Fletcher and David McLean plus Nick Whitwell from Keston Boilers and Plumb Center managing director Keith Jones.
The mountain is no stranger to the UK building industry; last year Wickes managing director Jeremy Bird completed the climb in aid of Leukaemia Research.
Arntzen said: “The climb is a gruelling five-day trek, starting on Monday 8th March, which will see us climbing for an average of five – six hours, per day. The route for each day is also mapped out indicating how long we intend to walk for, the habitat we will be trekking through and the altitude we will reach.
“We have a target of £50,000 that we would like to reach. We are off to a good start but hope that others will recognise that this in an incredible challenge for an extremely worthwhile cause and therefore support us in our fundraising efforts. To maximise the fundraising potential, all the costs of the climb are being met by myself and the other climbers involved so all 100% of monies raised will go to the charity, SACRED.
“Watching footage of the celebrities that made the same climb for Sports Relief last year really brought home the reality of the challenge as some of them really struggled with exhaustion and the varying altitudes. I am, at the moment, getting to grips with the training and am really looking forward to the challenge, but ask me again after March 8th when I’m halfway up a snow-capped mountain and I might have a different answer!”
To find out more information about the climb and the people Carl and the team are raising the money for, or to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/c4mc.