Climb to raise hopes

Cou­ple want to give Africans a hands-up

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

A Wanaka cou­ple is set to climb Africa’s high­est moun­tain, Mt Kil­i­man­jaro, next week to raise funds for those liv­ing in poverty.

Raewyn Phipps and hus­band Damon Plim­mer, an Angli­can min­is­ter, will set off with seven oth­ers from Wellington and Aus­tralia, to raise funds for the char­ity ‘‘So They Can’’, where Phipps was a vol­un­teer man­ager.

The pair will leave on Satur­day on a mis­sion to climb the 5895m moun­tain in Tan­za­nia as part of a trek on the Shira Route.

Phipps said the char­ity works to al­le­vi­ate poverty in Africa and it had set up a school, chil­dren’s home, business school, clinic, ed­u­ca­tional farm, a teach­ers’ train­ing col­lege as well as so­cial busi­nesses.

The aim was to ed­u­cate both chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to help them be­come self-re­liant, Phipps said.

‘‘It’s not a hand-out. It’s a hand-up,’’ she said.

The pair, who were both keen walk­ers and run­ners, had been train­ing the Mt Iron loop in prepa­ra­tion for the trip.

Plim­mer said it would be his first time go­ing to Africa, while it was Phipps’ third, and he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the projects that Phipps was so pas­sion­ate about.

It was hoped the trip would raise $60,000.

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Help­ing climb: Wanaka cou­ple Raewyn Phipps and hus­band Damon Plim­mer will set off to Africa on Satur­day to climb Mt Kil­i­man­jaro to raise funds for char­ity.

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