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he genesis for our Mount Kilimanjaro climb was some tough talk
over a few drinks between iinet founder and managing director
Michael Malone and Azure Capital investment banker (and Youth
Focus Chairman) Geoff Rasmussen, compounded by some strong
egos and an inability to back down.
The word spread, the size of the team grew and raising money for
charity was suggested. Lifeline was chosen, with the bulk of the funds
to go to the WA branch. Using the everydayhero.com.au website made it
relatively easy to leverage networks and get people to donate
using credit cards online. More than $100,000 was raised – Everyday
Hero’s biggest single fundraising contribution, making a material
difference to the vital mental health services, self-help resources, and
suicide prevention and awareness information they provide.
This event coincided with an iinet commitment to provide free
phone services to all organisations that provide community helplines.
This is a good example of how a little effort can result in providing great
value to the local community – a responsibility every successful West
Australian should keep in mind.
The team was made up of four women and 11 men, aged in their 20s to
late 40s, with degrees of fitness and training from marathon-running Lisa
to Michael, who agreed to cut back on beer consumption for a few weeks.
All but one was from Perth and more than half from iinet.
Lisa, from South Africa, had attempted the climb three weeks earlier,
but at 5200m suffered from altitude sickness and, with temperatures at
well below zero, started stripping off her clothes. She was assisted down
by several guides and has no recollection of the incident or the rest of
that day. This was our firsthand introduction to the far-ranging effects of
altitude, from pins and needles to insomnia, fatigue, headaches, and a lack
The team celebrate reaching the summit.
Snow and glaciers crown the summit.
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