A STUDENT will attempt to climb Africa’s highest mountain to help the continent’s children.
Hayley Perks, of Headstone Drive, Wealdstone, will scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania today (Thursday) in aid of Childreach International, a British charity boosting youngsters’ human rights, health, welfare and education.
The 18-year-old former Harrow Athletics Club member said before she set off: “I’m definitely looking forward to it and it’s worthwhile. I’ve never been to a country like Tanzania before. It’s not something that many people can say they have done and I’m never going to get the opportunity again.”
Hayley is taking part with fellow students from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and has raised £1,800 of her £2,400 target by packing bags for donations in an Ormskirk supermarket and rattling collection buckets.
Climbers will spend four days ascending the peak, the world’s highest free-standing mountain at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet, and two days descending.
The physical education and school sport student, who has been training at the gym, will also visit a school to assist with one of Childreach International’s projects.