Friends recount recent Kilimanjaro climb to raise awareness of KBT

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Holding up the flag is Shaegan and friends (Kasmir, Satch , Aruna)

Climbing mount Kilimanjaro was a big undertaking and one of the most challenging things I have done. This was a very personal journey for me, but when I heard about the KBT through Unilever and the work that Paul Polman was doing with this initiative, I wanted to use the opportunity to raise awareness and support the KBT as well. My friends and I took the 7 Day Machame route. On Day 5, as I walked up towards the summit (with the KBT flag in my backpack), something new occurred to me, that there was a deeper meaning to me carrying that particular flag up.

I have a 9 year old son, Ruhaan. When he was only 3 years old, he lost his sight in one eye. He is the most inspiring, uncomplicated kid who just gets on with life so I literally forget that he has this deficiency most times. Walking up that summit takes everything you have mentally and physically and it was wonderful to have this realisation hours before I reached the summit.  This realization instantly gave me a deeper sense of purpose and reason to continue.

So in many ways I and my family have the KBT to thank for my success.

Mechell