Social Republic’s CEO, Rob Illidge, is gearing up to lead a virtual Kilimanjaro climb to raise money for the National Health Service (NHS) from June 9-16. 

He will be joined by Kilimanjaro Experts founder, Henry Steadman and hundreds of online users including expert climbers and keen walkers to complete the virtual trek, having had his physical climb delayed due to COVID-19.

The team’s activity will be posted across Facebook and Instagram – with daily updates and Facebook ‘Live’ between Rob and Henry to discuss the day’s walk, its length, predicted altitude gain, weather and scenery plus a look at what to expect over the course of the next 24 hours. 

Rob commented: “With my physical climb now delayed due to the coronavirus, I’m aiming to use the virtual expedition to raise money for the brave national health heroes who are doing an amazing job in the current climate – I’m calling for any support you can provide, whether it’s a small donation or by simply joining me for this challenge. 

“It is certainly going to be a very tough eight days, walking 128,263 steps in total with a height equivalent of 5895m. It’s also going to be extremely challenging to try to recreate the hike in both my own home, through the garden and stairs, and by using the limited exercise we’re allowed to take each day, walking locally to at least experience being out on the trek.”

Henry added: “We are delighted that Rob is continuing his fundraising efforts during the current pandemic – just showing how driven he is to help an excellent cause. 

“Every morning for the programme, I’ll be featuring a short video with a description of the relevant day’s itinerary on our alternative Lemosho Route trek – looking at the key facts for the day and calling on extra support to encourage Rob and his team to complete this great task.”

For more information on how to sponsor Rob and his team please click here.

And to stay up-to-date with Rob and the team’s progress, please see Facebook.

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