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02nd July 2013

Climbing Kilimanjaro for Exeter

From the 25th of September until the 6th of October 2013, 20 Exonians of many different ages and backgrounds will be travelling a long way from home to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Exeter’s 700th Anniversary. The trip is part of a drive to raise money for the Exeter College Annual Fund, and I am happy to count myself among those heading to Tanzania this autumn. Though our poor muscles will hate us for it, we will be making our way up Africa’s highest mountain in an effort to raise money which will fund the college’s hardship bursaries, scholarships, sports and arts grants, the tutorial system, our very own Careers Office, and various outreach events.

Hardship bursaries and scholarships in particular are of incredible value to students, and I am very glad to be able to do the little I can by taking part in this climb. If you would like to show your support by donating, or start making your predictions as to how your fellow Exonians will fare, each climber has a short bio and a link to their fundraising page here  – optimistic smiles included!

Climbing Kilimanjaro, whilst a challenge, is an incredible opportunity. Looking out from the roof of Africa, 5895m above sea level, after an eight day trek through rainforest, moorland and more will be an unbelievable experience, one that I can now only imagine. I am sure the feeling at that point is something which all taking part are excited about beyond measure, and one which will remain with us long after the hiking boots are packed away.

Members of the college from past and present, from the UK and from further afield, will be gathering together to do something extraordinary for the College which has shaped us. Wish us luck.

Patrick Gartland (2011, Jurisprudence)

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