When our friends at Charity Challenge mentioned that a group of porters in Tanzania who climb mountains for a living would really love some new boots to make their daily lives easier, we were determined to do our best to help them.
After checking the stock in our warehouse for something suitable, we were able to donate a number of pairs of nearly new mountaineering and walking boots to the group of porters who work full-time for The African Walking Company.
Climbing the highest mountain in Africa at least twenty times a year, each porter’s feet are his most valuable asset. Durable, quality footwear will ensure that their feet are warm, protected and supported during this physically demanding job.
Charity Challenge Operations Director Josh Davis explained how important these kind of donations are to the well-being of the porters:
“It can be very hard for the porters out in Kilimanjaro to get hold of decent outdoor clothing as there is no manufacturer or shops selling any equipment. Anything they have is usually left by climbers or is not suitable for the harsh environment in which they work. To be donated top of the range walking boots like this will vastly improve their comfort and safety on the mountain and can also help the porters to make the step up to becoming guides on the mountain”
The boots were shipped out at the end of August and distributed to the porters on arrival. Richard from The African Walking Company has recently sent us some fantastic photos of the porters showing off their new boots as you can see here!
You can find more photos here
Richard Marsden, General Manager of The African Walking Company said:
“The porters were delighted to receive the nearly new boots which will no doubt get very good use!”
We would like to thank Charity Challenge for organising the shipment of the boots to Tanzania and also Kenya Airways, who generously transporting them free of charge.
About Charity Challenge:
Over the last 12 years, Charity Challenge has enabled thousands of people to push their limits and challenge themselves to do something different. From climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro to trekking The Great Wall of China, Charity Challenge participants trek, climb, ride and raft throughout the world raising money for their chosen UK charity. These life-changing experiences provide funds that will change the world, one step at a time.
We have been working with Charity Challenge for some time now - a relationship that has been cemented by a shared passion for supporting the outdoor community. We offer Charity Challenge participants a discount at Cotswold Outdoor to help them buy the quality gear they need for their next fundraising adventure. Our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to give expert advice on the right kit for every expedition so that Charity Challenge participants can really push their limits and trust their gear to keep them safe.
To find out more about Charity Challenge, visit the Charity Challenge website or become a fan on facebook