A plan by Kunal Patel of Calgary, Alberta to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with his father and brother has snowballed into a 12-member family trek up Africa’s highest peak to raise funds for Oxfam Canada drought relief in East Africa.
Kunal, 25, his father Hasmukh, 55, and brother Jay, 27, — all three doctors – depart for Kenya on Sunday, December 3rd.
A dozen members of the Patel and Pearce families and friends in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, England and Ireland, are uniting for the week-long December 19th to 25th climb up the “Whisky” route to Uhuru peak. That is the highest summit in Africa at 5,896 metres above sea level.
Kunal, 25, says the climbing was inspired at first by the challenge of the climb and the chance to visit Patel relatives in Kenya, birthplace of his parents who moved to Canada in 1987. Then they got the idea of raising funds for famine relief in the region.
They chose Oxfam, whose partners deliver food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs to hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
“There was so much excitement it snowballed to 12 of us,” Kunal says. “We thought it would give us a great opportunity to help out with the crisis, to raise money and support a worthy cause.”
“Food and water are basic necessities that no man, woman or child, rich or poor, developing or developed nation should be without. No parent should have to give up a meal so that his or her child will have enough food to eat.”
Family members have been jogging, hiking and hitting the gym to get fit for the trek.
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