February 22, 2013

Guinness World Records® has confirmed that octogenarians, Martin and Esther Kafer have indeed hiked their way to world records for Oldest Man and Oldest Woman to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest point on the African continent as members of the 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team. This couple proves you’re never too old to achieve great heights, as they broke records while raising over $20,000.00 to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“It’s exciting to have our Mt. Kilimanjaro records confirmed, and while we probably won’t best ourselves in this lifetime, we do hope British Columbians are inspired to join this year’s Ascent for Alzheimer’s team.  It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease,” say the Kafers.  

Guide, Sue Oakey-Baker, lives in Whistler, B.C. and has led Ascent for Alzheimer’s teams for the past 15 years. Under Sue’s guidance the teams have enjoyed an over 90 per cent success rate of reaching the summit and all money raised goes to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. The whole 2012 Ascent team - composed of Jeff Beckman, Barbara Devlin, Martin and Esther Kafer, Nancy Lyall, Katherine Paton, Jodi Pelling, Jennifer and Michael Terrell, Anne Walsh and Cathie Williamson - made it to the summit. 

Ascent for Alzheimer’s is a journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, which stands at 19,340 feet above sea level.  What is unique about Ascent for Alzheimer’s is that participants raise a minimum of $10,000.00 each and cover their own travel costs. Every dollar raised through the hike goes directly to the cause.  Currently in its 16th year, there are more than 180 Ascent alumni who have collectively raised more than $2 million.  The dates for this year’s Ascent are Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2013.

Recruitment for the 2013 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team is open, with full details available at www.ascentbc.ca.  

“We take pride in all that our Ascent for Alzheimer’s alumni have accomplished for the cause over the years and Esther and Martin Kafer’s world records are a great reminder of what will and determination can achieve,” says Jean Blake, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “These are the qualities we need to bring about a world without Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.”

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