‘I have a mountain to climb to raise £5,000’

Kilimanjaro  17/01/11  (PM)''David Rodrigues from Southsea who is organising a music gig in Southsea to raise money for the charity SCOPE.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110163-1)
Kilimanjaro 17/01/11 (PM)''David Rodrigues from Southsea who is organising a music gig in Southsea to raise money for the charity SCOPE.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110163-1)
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AN ADVENTURER hopes a farewell gig before he goes off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro will see his fundraising efforts soar.

Father-of-two David Rodrigues, of Victoria Road North, Southsea, has raised a staggering £10,000 for various charities over the past seven years.

This year he has chosen to climb the highest mountain in Tanzania to help disabled people through the charity Scope.

He has set himself the target of £5,000 and is hoping Gigfest, which he has organised for tomorrow, will help him reach his total.

Gigfest takes place in Drift Bar, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, and sees a line-up of seven local bands.

The 36-year-old said: ‘I’m fundraising for Scope and trying to give disabled people a normal life so it is a very worthwhile cause.

‘I have got friends who have children affected by the problems dealt with by Scope.

‘Every year I do a fundraising activity and pick a different charity each time. This time I’ve decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

‘I decided to climb the mountain because I was trying to think of an innovative and different way of raising the money.

‘Scope asks you to raise a minimum of £3,000 – but I wanted to do more so have set the target of £5,000.’

David has raised £3,700 through previous Gigfests in the past 12 months.

Bands playing on the night are Cortez, The Plans, Bemis, The Visitors, Seething Akira, Moody Tuesday and The Founders Of.

David will be flying out to Africa on Friday, January 28, and will be spending six days of his 10-day visit tackling the climb.

‘I do a lot of fitness and running and have been on a nutritional plan since July and have actually lost two stone from all my training,’ added David, an IT architect for IBM.

‘I guess it’s things like altitude sickness that I can’t really accommodate for until I get there.’

Gigfest runs from 7pm until 2am. Tickets cost £7. Prizes for a raffle include signed Pompey shirts. To donate go to justgiving.com/daverodrigueskilimanjaro2011