GCU students to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

13 May 2015

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is a popular challenge for charity trekkers

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is a popular challenge for charity trekkers

A group of students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is set to face the world’s tallest free-standing mountain in a bid to raise money for charity.

The 19 students will travel to Tanzania in July for a month-long trip, which will see them attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

They hope to raise £70,000 for CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports children with cancer and their families.

The undergraduates are members of the University’s Allister Boyd Legacy Group, which was set up in memory of GCU student Allister Boyd, who passed away in 2009 following a three-year battle with cancer. Every year, the group hosts a fundraising ball at the University, which raised more than £13,000 in 2014.

The students have been fitting their other fundraising activities around their studies over the past 12 months. These have so far included race nights, bucket collections, and 5k, 10k and half-marathon races.

The 19,340ft mountain, a popular challenge for charity trekkers, will see the students battle high altitudes and steep climbs. The trek should take the group six days to complete, with about nine to 10 hours of walking a day.

Phil Wheatley, from the Allister Boyd Legacy Group, said: “The trek is going to be a massive challenge, but we’re all really excited about it.

“Our enthusiasm and determination will really motivate us to complete it, as well as our drive to help make a difference to children and families going through cancer treatment. We are all very keen to continue Allister Boyd’s fundraising legacy.”