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Charity Challenge: Kilimanjaro

By Rosie Kelly - 24 August 2018


Next month 94 brave souls from Deloitte, one of our corporate partners, will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime. From cycling across Britain to climbing Africa’s highest peak, the team is taking on these challenges to raise vital funds and support our work.

We caught up with some of the Deloitte team taking on Kilimanjaro, to find out what inspired them and why they’re taking on this incredible challenge.

Senior Consultant Will Hockedy said: “I joined Deloitte in September 2015, a month after the previous Charity Challenge. Hearing the stories from my colleagues who completed the challenge then, coupled with the amazing sum of money which was raised for charity at the time made me determined to take part when the challenge next came around.

“When the challenges were announced for 2018, I jumped at the chance to get involved. Working with Depaul UK is a huge honour for me, and I am delighted to be supporting the work you do in London and around the country.”

Deloitte Assistant Manager Alex Keynes said she’d always had an ambition to climb the famous mountain: “Kilimanjaro represents the ultimate challenge and when I got the chance to climb it and raise money for Depaul UK, I jumped at the chance.”

Alex and Will both claimed altitude sickness and blisters as their greatest fears about taking on the climb, but with plenty of training in the bag, they say they’re feeling confident about making the summit and smashing their fundraising targets.

As well as an incredible physical challenge, climbing Kilimanjaro also represents an amazing opportunity for those taking part in the fundraising event. Will said: “I’m looking forward to watching the sun rise over the plains of Africa from the summit! While that feels a long way away now, I’m also looking forward to getting to know the Deloitte Kilimanjaro team and for the roller-coaster of emotion we will face on the trek.

“One of my colleagues completed the Charity Challenge three years ago and decided in his infinite wisdom to complete the summit day in a suit and tie. While I appreciate his dedication to sartorial excellence, I think that this is one feat which I will not aim to emulate!”

Alex, Will and their team will be climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Depaul UK as part of the organisation’s One Million Futures programme.

Through this, Deloitte hopes to get one million people to where they want to be – whether that’s the classroom, the workplace or the boardroom. You can read more about the strategy here, or find out more about their partnership with us here at Depaul UK.

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