A young mountain climber from Durban, South Africa, is aiming for the summit of Mount Everest so he can donate proceeds of his adventure to help fight cancer.
“I wanted to use this opportunity to not just conquer a personal challenge but also to raise funding and awareness for the people facing the biggest mountains in their lives, surviving cancer,” says Rob by Kojetin, who lost a good friend to cancer at the age of 32.
He aims to conquer Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 8,848 metres above sea level, via the North Ridge Route from the Tibetan side.
Kojetin will depart on 29 March 2008 and aims to reach the summit during the last two weeks of May.
He has committed himself to taking a message of hope to the summit for all the world to see.
“My expedition banner will be a patchwork of sponsored blocks, not only a first in Everest history, but a giant achievement for everyone contributing to this cause,” Kojetin explains.
The banner consists of 1,880 blocks, which are being sold for R500 each.
The appeal of the banner is that it allows anyone to contribute, from dedications to people lost to cancer to corporate branding.
Mount Everest, part of the Himalaya range in High Asia, is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Panapress.