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Thursday 9 June 2016

Students prepare to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Two sports students are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for children’s charity Childreach International.

Preparation for the six-day trek up the mountain, known as the roof of Africa, has been intensive. Students Oliver Daglish and Owen Thomas have been making the most of Solent’s sports science facilities to help them train, from gym equipment to high-tech equipment that allows them to experience breathing at high altitudes.

First-year Oliver is studying BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science. He says: “I’m obviously looking forward to the climb but while we’re out there we get to visit some of the children that benefit from the charity. I’m excited to see, first-hand, how the charity helps the children and we’ll get an idea of how their lives differ from ours.”

Oliver training for the climb.

Talking about the charity, Owen, in his third year studying BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and who will be completing the trek on his 23rd birthday, says: “I chose Childreach International because, after coaching children for my three years of study, I realised how important it was for children to get the right education and influence in order to succeed.

“In terms of the climb, I’m really looking forward to reaching the top knowing I’m standing at the highest point in Africa.”

Childreach International is a charity that works with children and communities in seven countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK to help find practical solutions to their problems.

Check out how Oliver and Owen’s fundraising is progressing.

And Oliver and Owen aren’t the only ones reaching the roof of Africa; Solent Sharks wheelchair rugby player and Paralympian Aaron Phipps recently undertook the challenge too. Read his story.