Wits’ Students Surgical Society to launch Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014

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25 April 2014

The Kilimanjaro Challenge, comprising of a group of adventurous Wits students, will aim to raise R500 000 for the Smile Foundation.

A group of adventurous Wits students will launch a daring quest in aid of charity next week, for their attempt to summit one of the big wonders of the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.Dubbed the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014, the Wits Students' Surgical Society has decided to tackle the adventure from 21 to 29 November 2014 in aid of the Smile Foundation<www.smilefoundationsa.org/>, a South African charity organisation for children in need.Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5895 metres above sea level.The Smile Foundation sets up resources in South Africa to enable children with severe facial deformities to receive treatment and care to be able to eat, speak and develop normally.Graeme Moore, project coordinator for the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014, says the adventure is part of the Society's community outreach projects and to encourage Wits students to do their part for charity.

"We are extremely excited about the challenge and we hope that we reach our aim of raising funds for the Smile Foundation. We hope that we can inspire other student societies at Wits to tackle equally challenging initiatives for a good cause," says Moore.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014 expedition will be led by world renowned mountaineer and guide Sean Disney in conjunction with Adventure Dynamics International.

The Society aims to assemble a team of 20 climbers to summit the 5895 metre peak of Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route. Through sponsorship and donations, they aim to raise R500 000 for the Smile Foundation.

Representatives from the Smile Foundation and the Wits Students' Surgical Society will be at the launch to encourage other adventurous students and members of the Wits community to sign up for this daring quest.


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