Mountaineer’s cancer climb

2007-12-15 00:00

SOUTH African mountaineer, Durban-based, Robby Kojetin (29), has his sights set on climbing Mount Everest, to raise awareness for cancer sufferers, next year in March.

Described as an “avid mountaineer”, who has already climbed three of the world’s seven summits, Kojetin will endeavour “to do the climb as part of a ‘Climb of Hope’: Climb high for those who can’t,” initiative.

Kojetin said he “aims to raise awareness about cancer, R1 million for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and to assist people living with cancer in achieving their own dreams and giving them a chance at life”.

He said so many people in his life have been affected by cancer, and he even lost his best friend to lymphatic cancer in 2000.

Kojetin said he is in the process of finalising sponsorship for the climb, and made an appeal to corporates and individuals to participate in what he describes as “one of the greatest moments in medical and mountaineering history”.

In addition, he will take a banner to the summit that offers South African companies the opportunity to be part of the cause.

The banner will be divided into blocks that will be on sale.

By selling all the space on the banner, an anticipated amount of R1 million will be raised and donated to CANSA.

Kojetin’s expedition intends to inspire hope in those who have lost hope, and to gain support from others in “seeing the bigger picture and how much there is to gain for people facing the biggest mountain of their lives”.

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