Quadruplets are to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a disabled children’s charity.
The four 17-year-old Wembley -based Varsani’s, named Bindya, Vanisha, Urvashi and Vinay set off for Africa on August 22.
To date, they have raised £2,108 for Friends of Kera, a charity which works to help disadvantaged and disabled children in providing them with wheel chairs, hearing aids, braille and organises events to raise awareness of their needs.
Their father and IT technician Jay said: “I am incredibly proud of them.
“At their age, to go to Africa and climb Kilimanjaro, it is a big challenge.
“They are not usually all very active, but they have been training hard, running up Harrow on the Hill, so they are becoming well prepared.
“They have been doing running and walking together each day to get ready.
“I am very excited for them, but I think my wife is a bit nervous.
“This is not typical of them to do this sort of thing, it really is a first so it will be tough.”
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, coming in at 5,895 metres tall, and the children’s preparation comes while also revising hard for their A-level exams.
Each of the children attend Preston Manor School, in Carlton Avenue, Wembley apart from Vanisha, who attend Harrow College, in Brookshill, Harrow Weald.
While climbing the mountain is not easy for anyone, there is a 97 per cent success rate, with most people reaching their target after six days of travelling 1,500 meters daily depending on which route is taken, all while acclimatising to the altitude.
“It is very nice because they usually do their own thing,” Mr Varsani added, “but for them to do this together will be a great memory.
“They are doing it with a small group who they did not know before, but they have since become good friends.”
Jay and his wife Jaya will be left with their only other child, the 9-year-old Kareena, as the foursome journey up the mountain over the court of nine days before returning home.
The children are close to their fundraising target of £3,000 before the depart.
You can support them and donate to the charity by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/varsaniquads.
For more information about Friends of Kera , visit www.friendsofkera.com.