A group of intrepid partners and staff from business advisory firm Deloitte and property consultants Drivers Jonas Deloitte will be scaling new heights when they climb Mount Kilimanjaro, this month, in aid of charity.
Jane Lodge, Rakesh Bodalia, Michelle Mitchell, Matt Dunn, Zoe Allen, Vishal Shah and Dinesh Subhra from Deloitte and Simon Zargar, Lucy Wilson and Fiona Brereton from Drivers Jonas Deloitte will be part of a 100-strong group from the firms leading the climb up the 19,334 ft mountain.
As the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, it will take the climbers four days to reach the summit and a further two to return to base.
More than £250,000 is expected to be raised from the event, which will be donated to Deloitte’s national charity partners Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes and Children with Leukaemia, as well as the African Rainforest Trust.
Jane Lodge, partner and Midlands manufacturing industry leader at Deloitte, said: “Climbing one of the highest mountains in the world is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a tough challenge, both physically and mentally, but as a team we know we can do it.
“We’ve also got the added motivation of it being for charity, which makes us even more determined to succeed. We’ll get to the top even if we have to crawl on all fours.”
With just one month to go until the group sets off for Africa, training is intensifying for the Deloitte and Drivers Jonas Deloitte team members.
The Mount Kilimanjaro climb is part of Deloitte’s ongoing fundraising efforts, which have seen the firm raise £1 million in just one month for various good causes.