Bimal Shah and his son Xaviar climb Africa’s highest mountain in aid of DRWF.
A father and son team from London recently scaled the imposing heights of the tallest mountain in Africa to raise money for DRWF.
Bimal Shah and his son Xaviar, 14, of London travelled to Tanzania to scale the dormant volcano Kilimanjaro, which is around 4,900 metres from its base, and 5,895 metres above sea level.
The pair set a fundraising target of £5,000 – with Bimal’s company Elemental Concept and Aladdin match funding all donations. And having smashed their original amount, a grand total of £14,056.85 was donated to DRWF.
Bimal said: “The most important thing is to thank everyone who sponsored Xavier. We beat the £5,000 target so DRWF will get more than £14,000 towards their fight against diabetes.
“Thank you to all of you who supported us and helped us raise an incredible amount of money for a very worthwhile charity. The money raised will enable DRWF to help change the lives of people with diabetes for the better.
“Xavier and I are hanging up our hiking boots to dry out for a while before we plot our next adventure.”
Bimal and Xaviar followed in the footsteps of explorers Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller, who were the first known people to have reached the summit in 1889.
Karen Scott, DRWF Community Fundraiser, said: “When Xavier Shah, 14, set up his fundraising page to support the charity we were both delighted and intrigued. The challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with his father Bimal is no mean feat!
“Xavier had done his research and chose to support DRWF because he liked the fact that DRWF raises awareness about all forms of diabetes, so that people can take actions and reduce the risk of serious complications, associated with the condition, from developing.
“Xavier was such an amazing fundraiser who approached friends, family and school friends to support his fundraising efforts and even exceeded his target of £5,000 by raising almost £6,000. His father’s company and partnering company (Elemental Concept and Aladdin) offered to contribute by matching his target. They donated their £5,000 into the DRWF Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign which meant that their donation was also matched. So in the end Xavier raised a staggering £14,056.85 for DRWF! Well done Xavier! You have made a huge contribution to the work of the charity and we are most grateful to you, and all those who supported your efforts!
“The Big Give Christmas Challenge is UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. The funds raised for DRWF during the campaign are used exclusively to fund our Quality in Care award winning Wellness Event Programme. These events inspire people to take control of their diabetes management and enable them to maintain a better quality of life. The events are structured, repetitive, needs based and accessible to all.”