Arvato employees, Sabah Chohan, Marketing and Communications Assistant in Slough and Mark Barry, Head of Revenues in Sefton, recently embarked on a momentous physical and mental challenge to raise funds for charities close to their hearts.
On the 11th August, Sabah travelled to Tanzania to begin her trek to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise funds for the charity Muslim Hands.
Muslim Hands is an international aid agency who are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable people across the world by addressing the root causes of poverty and empowering communities.
Sabah raised over £2,000 in sponsorship for the challenge, she commented: “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Nobody actually believed me when I told them that I would be climbing a mountain – let alone one of the tallest in Africa.”
“We trekked for 3 days until I reached the Horumbo Hut where I was ready to complete my journey. The high altitude, change in temperature and sheer exhaustion from the challenge meant that I had physically reached my peak. The views were stunning and I was so proud to have come this far and exceed my own expectations.”
“Following the hike, I had the opportunity to visit the local villages and the children who would be benefiting from the funds raised from the challenge. It was such a fantastic experience and to see the positive impact that this would have on the local communities was heart-warming and made it really worthwhile.’’
Mark Barry, Head of Revenues for our partnership with Sefton Council, completed a Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp, to raise money for CLIC Sargent, who provide care and support to children diagnosed with cancer and thier families.
Having previously climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of the Princes Trust in 2015, Mark was looking for a new challenge. This seemed like a good way to achieve an ambition, keep motivated to stay fit and to raise money for a good cause at the same time.
Mark has raised over £2500 so far and commented: ‘’While I expected this to be a very hard challenge I think I underestimated just how hard it would be. Most of the days trekking were on very steep ascents and descents with very little shallow gradients or paths to follow. The monsoon was in full flow and torrential rain early on in the trek meant that most of our time was spent in damp tents, putting on damp clothes and sleeping in damp sleeping bags.”
“For the most part Everest itself is a speck in the distance, even when you get to base camp. As you reach the higher altitudes and the more barren conditions near base camp, oxygen levels are down to 56% and you are reminded of the dangers by the constant rumble of avalanches in the distance and the buzz of rescue helicopters overhead. By this time you are so determined to reach the goal it doesn’t bother you and you carry on regardless, ignoring the pain in your legs and chest.”
“This trek was the greatest experience of my life and I would recommend it to anyone with any remote sense of adventure. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people who are trying to achieve the same goal as you, whilst raising money for such a worthwhile cause.’’
Congratulations to both Sabah and Mark for accomplishing such significant challenges and raising a fantastic amount for charity!