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Blind Summit 2011 Kilimanjaro Trek

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  • Team members: Jacob Gibbins, Tim Gibbins
  • Event: Kilimanjaro Trek February 2011, 17 Feb 2011 to 27 Feb 2011

Retina UK

Retina UK specialises in funding pioneering research into the causes of inherited progressive sight loss. We also offer dedicated support to the thousands of people in the UK affected by these conditions.

Charity Registration No. 1153851

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WE DID IT! 

We got back from out trip out to the wilds of Africa today and are both over the moon to say we both got to the top of Africa some 19,000 + feet up. We have the certificates to prove it ( will get some pics up of them soon )

 

But the fund raising doesnt have to stop here! Please, if you havnt already donated please do. ALL MONEY DONATED GOES STRAIGHT TO REASERCH TO RP...

 

Thanks Tim and Jacob

A few months ago I was working down in the Alps photographing the world MTB race series, we drove right through the highest mountain in western Europe Mont Blanc, and looking at it from down on the road I thought I want to get up that.

I come home a few weeks later, and tell my dad who used to, back in his day be an avid hill walker and climber...he said 4 simple words that made me think hard.

Take me with you.

You may think so what ? but when I tell you my dad is registered as blind, and has lost the majority of his sight it becomes a bit more of a task.

He has a genetic disease called RP ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retinitis_pigmentosa ) Which in short is killing his retina from the out in, and will, in the not so distant future close up all together. Not having sight from birth must be horrible, but loosing it after 60 years of well lived life, knowing what your missing I can imagine being harder...

So we gave it some thought and said what the hell. Looked in to it all and Mont Blanc was too hard, to much climbing, to busy, to little chance of getting to the top with weather etc, so after some umming and arring, we went for the next best ( and bigger ) thing,Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

We have now started the Ball rolling, and it is 110% on.

We go over there and make our summit attempt on the 17th – 27th February 2011, on the Lemosho Route...and it will be the experience of a life time.

And some of the best father and son bonding you can do and that very few people manage to do.

He has dreamed of climbing one of the big mountains of the world since he was my age, and some 40 years on, with the blue badge and white stick we are going to make it happen with every ones kind support.

I will be setting up accounts on www.justgiving.com in the next 24 hours and we will start to try and get this Expedition out there to as many eye balls as we can and try and raise a lot of money and exposure for RP

For more info see our blog site here:

http://blindsummit2011.blogspot.com

Thanks a lot Jacob and Tim Gibbins

So please dig deep and donate now.

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