High hopes of help­ing char­ity

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

A Bannockburn man is pre­par­ing to climb Africa’s high­est moun­tain in sup­port of a tu­ber­cu­lo­sis char­ity.

Jonny Lavin is aim­ing to get to the top of Kil­i­man­jaro in 2020 - the year of his 50th birth­day.

The civil ser­vant plays a va­ri­ety of sports but has never con­tem­plated climb­ing be­fore.

“I am presently in­volved with dis­tance/speed walk­ing,”said Jonny,“as well as cy­cling in prepa­ra­tion for the event and I’m be­gin­ning to ac­tively fundraise for the chal­lenge.

“I have pre­vi­ously raised funds for Arthri­tis Re­search by sky­div­ing some years ago. I have al­ways been an ac­tive and out­go­ing per­son will­ing to take on a chal­lenge for a worth­while cause within the com­mu­nity and I view this chal­lenge as the hard­est yet both men­tally and phys­i­cally.

“How­ever I am look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the moun­tain with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and a steely re­solve to suc­ceed.”

Jonny is hop­ing to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for the char­ity TB Alert, whose work in treat­ment and rais­ing aware­ness he be­lieves has a gen­uine im­pact to lives both in the UK and abroad in tack­ling the in­fec­tious and de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease.

“I have no ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m not the fittest so this will be a huge chal­lenge for me,”said Jonny.“In the words of the late great JFK -‘we choose to do th­ese things not be­cause they are easy, but be­cause they are hard’. The lack of oxy­gen and the dan­gers posed whilst as­cend­ing will re­mind and in­spire me with ev­ery step of how peo­ple suf­fer­ing this dis­ease feel ev­ery day of their lives.

“TB, Con­sump­tion, The White Death - th­ese are all names given to the dis­ease which af­fects over 10 mil­lion peo­ple each year, killing ap­prox­i­mately two mil­lion. Al­though now in the modern world this is a com­pletely cur­able dis­ease, it re­mains a glob­ally in­fec­tious pathogen which is quickly be­com­ing multi-drug re­sis­tant even in de­vel­oped Euro­pean na­tions. It is most com­mon with those liv­ing in poverty with poor im­mune sys­tems and those with no ac­cess to care: the poor and the dis­ad­van­taged. TB does not re­spect or con­fine it­self to age, class, po­si­tion or wealth.

“In the seven days I will spend on Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, 26,500 peo­ple will of die of TB. This puts into con­text the scale of the is­sue TB Alert are try­ing to solve. A do­na­tion of £25 will pro­vide full treat­ment for a pa­tient, how­ever any­thing peo­ple can give will help save lives and their do­na­tions are very much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

To spon­sor Jonny go to: https:// www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/ jon­nylavin.

Char­ity bid Jonny Lavin

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