10 of the team are from LJMU, with 7 students and 3 alumni taking on the 5,895M Tanzanian mountain over a 6 day hike.
Team leaders, Becky Self, 28, Faculty of Health PHD Student and Rae Hollewell, 29, 3rd Year Adult Nursing Student, will lead the team on the Machame route, a 4 day up and 2 day down hike.
In preparation for what is the ‘World’s Highest Free-Standing Mountain,’ the team has organised monthly hikes across the Lake District and plan to take on the three peaks 24 hour challenge in the UK too.
The hike itself will begin on 24 August and takes 6 days, with each team member having a target of £2,700 to raise. 50% of this will go towards the cost of support out there (food, lodging, medical assistance if needed, porters), the other 50% to the charity.
The Klimanscousers will be fundraising for Dig Deep, a water-based charity with an ethos of providing the three ‘T's: Taps, Toilets, and Training. They provide clean water and sanitation facilities across rural Africa in a sustainable way. The money raised provides the resources and trains the locals, so that they can build the sanitation facilities themselves and for future years to come.
Becky Self and Rae Hollewell said; “We are looking forward to our Kilimanjaro climb and the team is feeling very motivated and excited. We know it will probably be the hardest thing we’ve all physically ever done, but Dig Deep is such a worthy charity to raise funds for, that we know it will be worth it!”