A FUNDRAISING event is being held tonight to raise money for two men who will embark on a seven-day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
The Eastney Tavern in Eastney will be hosting the event to help Steve Johnstone, 43, and Jason Reid, 42, raise money for the Manchester United Foundation – a charity dedicated to supporting young people from underprivileged backgrounds.
Steve said: ‘The owner of the Tavern, Chris Moon, has kindly allowed us to run a raffle. People can buy tickets and all the funds will go towards the MUF. We will also be running an auction for some of the items that Man United have given us, including memorabilia like Wayne Rooney’s signed shirt.’
Steve and Jason will be flying out to Tanzania on October 16 where they will be joined by their fellow trekkers, including ex-Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson and ex-Manchester United and Republic of Ireland International Kevin Moran.
Steve said: ‘To prepare, Jason and I have been running two or three times a week.
‘We also cycle to and from work.
‘But the best preparation is to put a backpack on and walk around, choosing places with lots of hills to practise.
‘Both of us have put a lot of work in to prepare and are looking forward to it.
‘But of course the key thing is to raise as much money as possible for charity.’
The fundraiser will take place tonight at the Eastney Tavern, on Cromwell Road, at 7.30pm. Anyone is welcome to come along to help raise money.
You can also sponsor Steve and Jason by visiting their Justgiving pages justgiving.com/Steve-Johnstone2 or justgiving.com/Jason-Reid1