Burton Businessmen Scale Kilimanjaro For Charity

Burton Businessmen Scale Kilimanjaro For Charity

Two Burton businessman are planning to scale Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for local charities.

Chris Else, Managing Partner of Else Solicitors, and John Popika, Managing Director of Mid IT, travelled to Tanzania to climb Africa’s highest peak on 27 February 2015 and hope to begin their assent on 1 March.

The trip is entirely self-funded meaning that every penny-raised will be donated directly to the pair’s chosen charities; Home-Start and Help for Heroes.

Chris was a recently appointed Trustee for Home-Start Burton on Trent who are the UK’s leading family support organisation. Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them.

Help for Heroes was chosen by Chris and John’s late friend Daz Preston. This particular charity is close to the hearts of both John and Chris and they will be completing this challenge in special memory of the dear friend Daz.

Chris said: “We decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro as a personal challenge over a year ago and it’s almost time to start our adventure. I even have taken the drastic step of giving up beer in preparation for our climb!”

Chris is often found ‘networking’ with a fine real ale in the infamous Coopers Tavern, Burton on Trent, which just so happens to be joined to one of the best curry houses in the Midlands.

John added: “Chris, if you can give up beer then so can I….I can still drink wine though right?!”

The pair are following the Machame route up the mountain and expect the climb to take seven days.

You can help raise funds for these excellent causes by donating on Chris and John’s web page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/chrisandjohn.

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