October 03, 2012

Local hiking enthusiasts Esther and Martin Kafer have successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, making them the oldest couple – 84 and 85 years old respectively – known to have achieved this feat!
The couple embarked on the trek up 19,354 ft. on Africa’s tallest mountain as part of the Ascent for Alzheimer’s fundraising initiative in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. The Vancouver couple captured the hearts of many British Columbians as they raised more than $24,000 for the cause. This helped to bring the overall total fundraising to $310,000 ($210,000 from Ascent for Alzheimer’s and $100,000 from a new companion event held locally on Grouse Mountain (read about the Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s here).
“Esther and Martin’s achievement epitomizes the spirit of the Ascent for Alzheimer’s event, which is that no matter how challenging the journey there is support. The Kafers did this as a couple, and with their 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team every step of the way, reached the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain and have raised awareness of the Society and our cause to whole new heights,” says Jean Blake, CEO, Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Recruitment for the 2013 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team has opened. Get a spot on the team or learn more at www.ascentbc.ca.

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