Off to Kil­i­man­jaro

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

To­mor­row, Stanstead res­i­dent Bruno Cas­tonguay is head­ing to Africa with a group of about fif­teen other Town­ship­pers, all on a spe­cial mis­sion to climb Africa’s most fa­mous peak: Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro. Each mem­ber of the group had to raise at least $3000 in do­na­tions, all to be given to the Fon­da­tion Claude Durocher which sup­ports chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer and their fam­i­lies.

“Our group was able to raise $56,000 (orig­i­nal goal was $35,000) for the Foun­da­tion; more than sixty-five fam­i­lies will ben­e­fit from this fundraiser. I raised over $4000 my­self and there is still money com­ing in. Al­most ev­ery gran­ite com­pany in this area do­nated money and I re­ceived lots of per­sonal do­na­tions as well. I’d like to thank all the cit­i­zens and busi­nesses who con­trib­uted,” said Mr. Cas­tonguay grate­fully.

The group will spend about two weeks in Africa, first get­ting used to the al­ti­tude be­fore mak­ing the climb. They have been train­ing for months, climb­ing high peaks in both Quebec and the United States, such as Mount Lafayette near Mount Wash­ing­ton in New Hamp­shire. “I feel phys­i­cally ready. The big ques­tion will be the al­ti­tude and we can’t pre­pare for that. My big­gest chal­lenge will be go­ing slow, sav­ing my en­ergy for the top. I’ve been work­ing in the gran­ite in­dus­try for twenty years where the work is heavy and you al­ways have to push your­self, use all your strength. On the climb it will be the op­po­site: you have to go slow to save your oxy­gen,” Bruno, the owner of Cen­tre de Polis­sage Beebe Inc., ex­plained.

The group will take the long route up which goes all the way around the 19,340 foot high moun­tain, tak­ing six days to climb up and two days to come down. Mr. Cas­tonguay will be film­ing along the way.

Asked if he will continue moun­tain-climb­ing reg­u­larly af­ter his re­turn, Bruno replied: “It’s been great to dis­cover this ac­tiv­ity with my fam­ily and the kids like to fol­low me; they re­ally get into it. And it’s a good way to stay in shape!”

This fundrais­ing ad­ven­ture can be fol­lowed on the in­ter­net at www.face­book.com/Kil­i­man­jaroFon­da­tionClaudeDurocher.

photo cour­tesy

Bruno Cas­tonguay, at left, is seen here at the top of Mt. Lafayette in New Hamp­shire with (l. to r.) Jac­ques Leroux, Marie- Lyne Dubois, Syl­vain Duff and Éleine Baril, who are also all head­ing to Kil­i­man­jaro.

Photo cour­tesy

Bruno Cas­tonguay (back, right) on a train­ing week­end with sev­eral other climbers head­ing to Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro and his fam­ily: daugh­ter San­drea (left), wife Marcella Hard­ing and son Adam (mid­dle) and daugh­ter Malena (right).

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