Chichester council boss prepares to climb highest peak

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SENIOR council boss Kenrick Garraway is busy preparing for one of the biggest challenges of his life – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mr Garraway, the assistant director for the economy at Chichester District Council, has been training for the past year to prepare for the challenge.

After sponsoring two children in the Philippines for many years, Mr Garraway decided he wanted to go one step further and raise money to support a programme developed by Compassion UK.

It identifies children from the sponsorship programme who have exceptional academic and leadership potential.

The training provides the children with the skills needed to get a well-paid job that will bring them – and their families – out of poverty.

The charity tackles issues such as AIDS, malaria, disaster response and unsafe drinking water.

On October 5, Mr Garraway will fly out to Nairobi in Kenya where he will meet students supported by Compassion UK projects.

He will then travel to Tanzania, where he will begin his climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 20,000ft mountain is the tallest on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Mr Garraway said: ‘Every year, nearly 10m children die from preventable causes before they reach their fifth birthday.

‘Through the sponsorship programme, I am making a small contribution to help two children gain an education and access health care.

‘I decided I wanted to help the charity further and so decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness and raise further funds.’

To sponsor Kenrick, visit http://compassion.ukrft.com/kilimanjaro-october-2012