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A FUNDRAISING solicitor who has scaled the heights of business is now swapping his office for a different challenge – to climb the highest mountain in Ethiopia.

Graeme Quar, 54, who runs a commercial law firm in Fareham, will be ascending volcanic Ras Dashen – the Horn of Africa’s highest summit at 14,928ft (4,550m).

The climb will be one of the highlights of an eight-day trek across the Semien Mountains to raise funds for Send a Cow, which is marking 25 years of life-transforming work in Africa.

It’s a cause that Graeme, a father-of-four from the Meon Valley, is passionate about, having spent nearly two weeks in Rwanda on a fact-finding mission for the charity.

Lives have been turned around because the charity shows locals how to improve farming techniques in order to become self-sufficient, with surplus food sold to generate income.

Gifts of cattle, which enrich previously barren soil, play a vital role.

Now he is aiming to give the charity a further financial boost through taking part in the highlands trek with 24 others from October 30 to November 10.

Graeme, the managing director of Graeme Quar & Co, which has offices in Fareham and Petersfield, stressed that he is paying for the travel costs himself, and donations will go straight to the bottom line for Send a Cow.

He said: ‘Send a Cow is an inspirational charity and it is a great feeling to know that we are helping to make a difference to so many impoverished and vulnerable families.

‘I’ve just started training for this incredible trek off the beaten track and will be looking to clients, colleagues, family and friends to support Send a Cow so that rural Africans can farm their way out of poverty.’

Ras Dashen, which is a World Heritage Site, apparently means ‘the general who fights in front of the Emperor’.

The trip involves walking up to 10 hours a day, with demanding ridge routes taking in peaks almost as high as Ras Dashen.

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