AICR has gone right to the top in Africa!
Porters guiding climbers to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro are proudly sporting AICR tee-shirts.
They were all smiles recently as lone climber Belgian lawyer Laurent Garzaniti reached the summit of the 19,340 ft (5893m) mountain and unfurled the AICR banner displaying the charity’s strapline: ‘Cancer knows no boundaries – fortunately neither do we.’
Brussels-based Laurent, a partner in the leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, climbed the mountain in memory of his sister Marie Rose, who died last year from stomach cancer. So far, he’s raised more than £13,000 for AICR, which currently funds research into 20 different cancer types, including, in Australia, investigations into the causes of stomach cancer.
The leading lawyer says he chose AICR because the charity transcends national boundaries and seeks to fund the best new research around the world. Currently we have 209 active projects across 21 countries - 82 in the UK and 127 Overseas.
Said Laurent: “The 17-strong Tanzanian crew that accompanied me and made it possible for me to reach the summit were delighted to wear the tee-shirts. They will actually continue wearing them as a team in the future.”
AICR fundraising and events co-ordinator Suzanne Shaw, St Andrews, and her colleague Emma Burnett, Carnoustie, headed out with a team of AICR fundraisers to climb Mt Kilimanjaro not long after Laurent.
Suzanne said Laurent’s effort had inspired them. “Laurent has been a fantastic ambassador for AICR and the money he has raised will go towards some of the world’s most promising cancer research,” she said.
“He has done an amazing job of spreading the AICR name in Tanzania and it’s great to think that so many of the local people who live there will now be familiar with AICR’s work. Laurent’s story has encouraged and inspired both myself and Emma for our own Kilimanjaro trek in September, and we’ll no doubt be in contact with him soon for some hints and tips!”