Out of Africa ... to take on tough trek

Central Hotel East Wemyss'David Sword and Donald Evans  who are climbing Killimanjaro to raise funds for cancer charities'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Central Hotel East Wemyss'David Sword and Donald Evans who are climbing Killimanjaro to raise funds for cancer charities'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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Two friends from East Wemyss are aiming to climb Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for a worthy cause close to their hearts.

David Sword (42) and Donald Evans (58) are set to take on one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world from August 17 by ascending Kilimanjaro over eight days.

They will be taking part with others from across the globe in the trek which is being organised by a company called Worldwide Adventures.

David and Donald told the Press they are collecting funds for a British bowel cancer charity as well as MacMillan Cancer Support.

Donald said: “We wanted to raise money for bowel cancer because we have two friends who have been affected by the disease. We also want to collect some money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“We don’t have a set figure in mind. We just want to raise as much as we possibly can.”

Donald said it was his idea to tackle Africa’s highest peak: “We both did the West Highland Way in 2010 and then we did the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness. It was after we did that I suggested we take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro.

“It’s not so much the distance that will be difficult it’s the altitude. It is apparently 25 degrees celsius at the base and -25 at the top. But we will have sherpas there to help us carry all the gear we need.”

The pair are both regulars at the Wemyss Central Hotel in East Wemyss and the business has also supported the fundraising trek.

David explained: “We have had a collection bottle at the bar in the hotel since last September. It looks very heavy but we don’t know how much is in it.

“We are also holding a race night in the hotel on Saturday, August 3 at 7.30 p.m to help raise money for the cancer charities. The hotel has been very supportive as has the rest of the village.

“We have had donations from a few local businesses and have even received envelopes from people who used to live in East Wemyss but now live down south. It has all been through word of mouth.”

Donald said one of the highlights of the trip will be reaching Gilmore’s Point on Kilimanjaro to see the sun coming up and he and David are hoping their camera and video batteries will be able to sustain the temperatures to capture the moment.

Donald has been preparing for the trek by walking six miles every night and wearing a backpack with heavy weights while David attends a gym regularly to keep fit.

Donald added: “We are not sure what the next challenge will be after this. I think David may have something else in mind but we will wait and see how this one goes first!”

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at the Wemyss Central Hotel.