Local business leader raises mountain of cash for charity
The Children’s Mutual – helps raise over £150,000 for charity
Local campaigner for children’s savings, David White traded autumnal Kent for Northern Africa when he joined a group of financial services leaders to climb Mount Toubkal. At 4,167 metres this is the highest peak in Northern Africa.
The majority of the money raised will go to the charity Afrikids, which helps improve life for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Ghana, with other donations also being made to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Commenting on his achievement David White said: “My work allows me to dedicate myself to improving the future financial lot of children in the UK. By undertaking to support the work of Afrikids I have also been able to do my small part to help secure a brighter future for the children of Ghana. I am very fortunate to have been given this incredible opportunity and am hugely grateful to all those who have supported me and helped raise such a fantastic amount.”
David joined a group of business chiefs from some of the country’s best known names – including Axa Corporate Benefits, Fidelity International and Barclays – led by leadership coach to major financial services companies, Dr Alistair Turner.
At the same time that the climbers took on their challenge, Afrikids arranged for 50 children to climb to the peak of the Tongo Hills. The children were selected from those who have been supported by the charity to leave mining and re-enter education or vocational training, and members of child rights clubs that the project has created in local schools.