28th Jan 2008 - Lanarkshire business man's climb challenge
A Lanarkshire businessman is set to take on the heady heights of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise much needed funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a national leukaemia charity.
Ewan Ogilvie, director of Eurocentral-based CVD Fire Protection which is part of the Clyde Valley Drilling Group, will embark on his two week adventure on Friday 1st February 2008.
It will take six days for Ewan and a group of nine others to reach the 19,340ft summit of Kilimanjaro and they will be faced with freezing temperatures and all the effects of extreme altitude when they tackle one of the most challenging treks in the world.
Despite the high altitude and testing conditions, Ewan is keen to get the once in a life-time expedition underway. He said: "It is going to be tough but I can't wait to get started on the trek. I've been preparing for this trip for several months now and although it has taken a lot of hard work, there is no better reason for doing it as the Anthony Nolan Trust is a fantastic charity and deserves all the support it can get.
"Last year at CVD we set ourselves the target of raising £50,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust and we are very close to reaching our goal. My trek will be the last of a number of events that we've organised over the course of the past 12 months and hopefully I'll be able to raise enough money to help us exceed our target."
The Anthony Nolan Trust works to provide bone marrow donors for leukaemia sufferers. Since its launch in 1974 the Trust has succeeded in saving over 4,000 people from leukaemia. Money raised from expeditions like Ewan's enable the Anthony Nolan Trust to continue its vital work in maintaining and expanding the bone marrow register.