British fundraising trekkers reach summit of Mount Elgon and raise £120k for Farm Africa

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The Mount Elgon trekkers reach the summit. Photo: Twitter/FarmAfrica

A team of British fundraisers have successfully completed a climb up Mount Elgon, the extinct volcano which straddles the Kenya-Uganda border on behalf of charity Farm Africa.

Setting off on 26 January 2018, the 13 food and tourism industry experts from companies including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi UK and Dairy Crest, left the UK to undertake a gruelling seven-day hike up and across the extinct volcano that straddles the Uganda-Kenya border on a route which has never been travelled before.

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The Mount Elgon Trekkers prepare to set off on their journey. Photo: Twitter/DevenishNutri

By the end of their journey, the team will have climbed four peaks over 4,000m and covered up to 27km a day in some extremely challenging conditions.

Along the way, the team are visiting Farm Africa projects in both Uganda and Kenya, providing them with the opportunity to see first-hand how the money they raise will positively impact the lives of farming families.

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Mark Given from Sainsbury’s at Farm Africa’s Kyere Production Centre. Photo: Twitter/FarmAfrica

So far, they have raised £119,653 for Farm Africa, which helps farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. The charity pioneers techniques that boost harvests, build rural incomes, sustain natural resources and help end Africa’s need for aid. Working with communities, the private sector and governments, Farm Africa finds the most effective ways to increase food production.

At the start of the trip, they visited a project helping Ugandan farmers to harvest, process and store orange-fleshed sweet potatoes so they can earn more from their agricultural efforts.

Unlike previous climbers, they pitched camp on Elgon’s crater, which is at an altitude of over 3,600m. They were also given special permission by the Kenyan government to cross the border via the mountain top.

Following their successful climb up the volcano, the team will visit the Growing Futures project, which helps young Kenyan farmers build profitable horticulture businesses.

The team have been publishing a daily blog detailing their trek and if you would like make a donation to Farm Africa, please click here.