This was his effort for the benevolent cause of raising awareness and funds for people living with cataract. Climbing Kilimanjaro was a considerable physical challenge. It involved months of rigorous physical training and mental strength to achieve the feat.
The climate was very inhospitable with lack of oxygen at the summit, snowstorms and steep climb. The last day of the climb was in the middle of the night and it is sheer fortitude that moves you forward towards your goal. There was a very high risk of high altitude sickness and the trick lay in moving at a very gentle pace, popularly called ‘pole-pole’ in Swahili. The temperature at the base was around 35°C while at the summit it reached -20°C with a stiff wind. Once you reach the summit, the view is picturesque with pristine snow and the feeling that ‘I Can Do It’
Do you think this was the difficult part of campaign?
Unfortunately no! The difficult part is raising funds for the underprivileged elders living in misery due to cataract. Many climbers are there to scale the peak but this challenge was undertaken keeping in mind a cause. There are very few generous hearted people in society who will support a genuine cause.Close your eyes for a few seconds and visualise the plight of the blind surrounded by darkness. There has to be a ray of hope in their lives.