Norwich man’s Kilimanjaro trek for children’s charity

A graduate from north Norwich will be climbing a mountain in Africa later this year as he raises money for an international children's charity.

Remi Coghiel, of The Watering, near Wensum Park, will be travelling to Tanzania in August as he takes on the challenge of trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 24-year-old will spend six days climbing the 19,000ft peak as he raises money for Childreach International.

His challenge will start on August 20, but before then he is looking to reach a sponsorship target of �2,450.

Remi, who graduated in business management last year, said: 'Being my first challenge of this kind I know its going to be tough, but well worth it.'

The charity works with communities in the developing world to improve children's access to healthcare, education, child rights and protection.

Remi said: 'I am tackling Kilimanjaro for Childreach International, an international development children's charity. They do some fantastic work with unsung heroes in local communities and fund projects that make a real and sustainable difference.

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'To date, challenges like mine have transformed over 300,000 children's lives.'

He added: 'In addition to climbing Kilimanjaro I will also be spending time at Childreach International projects in the Kilimanjaro region with some of the children and see who the sponsorship money will benefit.'

A keen sportsman, who trains at Toe to Toe boxing gym on King Street in Norwich and enjoys snowboarding, Remi is now preparing for the potential of altitude sickness and the other difficulties of climbing Kilimanjaro by beginning his training for the challenge.

Remi, who works on a self-employed basis installing driveways and patios for Norwich-based Stencil pattern Concrete, added: 'I'm not used to altitude, I do go snowboarding quite a lot but that is only about 3,500ft so it's not quite the same.

'But I'm going over to France next month and I'm going to go for a run while I'm over there and if I'm short of breath then it will be a bit of an insight for me.

'My mate did it last year and is a personal trainer so I'll train with him a bit as well, but I'm really looking forward to it.

'I understand it's not going to be as easy as what some people might think so I'm going to try really hard.'

To sponsor Remi visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ remicoghiel1

Are you taking on a challenge for charity this year? Contact David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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