Tuesday July 1, 2014
This July James McLean, CEO of WhiffAway, Nick Cassin and Patrick Kennedy are undertaking the challenge of a lifetime by climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet). Pyramid Travel Products is pleased to be supporting the team by providing insect repellents, travel hygiene products and mosquito nets.
The Xavier Project is a grass roots charity helping out urban refugees in Kenya and Uganda. It exists to provide opportunities for refugees who otherwise might not have the means to live fulfilled and dignified lives.
The climb takes place from July 15th -20th. Before the team heads off to Africa, we caught up with them to see how their preparations are going.
Why the Xavier Project?
In a holistic approach to development, the Xavier Project arms urban refugees with the tools needed to take back control of their lives and make a positive change to their communities through a comprehensive education programme.
How much of a challenge will the trip be?
The climb will take approximately 45 hours of trekking over 6 days and promises to be both physically and mentally challenging.
Have any of the team done a similar challenge before?
This is the first challenge of its kind for all three of us, which makes it all the more exciting.
The team: Nick Cassin (left); and Patrick Kennedy & James McLean undertaking training for the climb
How are you preparing for the trip?
We are preparing for the trip by going for long walks as often as we can and wearing the same equipment that we intend to be trekking in on the mountain. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet is also key.
Patrick Kennedy & James McLean training in the Lake District
What equipment are you planning to take?
Mosquito nets and repellents are essential to minimise the threat of malaria and other life threatening diseases. Other equipment includes a day pack, a duffel bag, four-season sleeping bag and a sleeping pad.
We will also require base, middle and outer layers for the weather conditions. (Day time temperatures can reach over 30°C and drop as low as -30°C at the summit by night). We will also need warm hiking boots, trekking poles and a first aid kit. Other necessary equipment is to be provided by our guides.
What fundraising are you doing?
We have Just Giving and Global Giving pages. Also I am raffling a Manchester United shirt signed by Wayne Rooney with all proceeds going to the Xavier Project.
You can see the team’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/PaddyNickJames
Pyramid will be catching up with the team on return from their epic challenge, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on the way.