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17 Witsies to set off on Kili climb

- By Vivienne Rowland

After months of planning, training, fundraising and nail biting preparations, a bid to summit the highest free-standing mountain in Africa, and one of the highest in the world, is finally taking off.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014, tackled by 17 medical students and members of the Wits Students Surgical Society, aims to raise funds for the Smile Foundation, a South African non-governmental organisation with a holistic health care vision for children with facial deformities. 

Thus far they have raised close to R400 000 for the Smile Foundation through various initiatives, programmes and activities held throughout the year.

The team, which will be led by Sean Disney, world renowned mountaineer, guide and Managing Director of Adventure Dynamics, is being bid farewell on their daring quest, which takes place between 21 and 28 November 2014, at a send-off event. Representatives of the sponsors of this momentous effort, which includes Crown Publications, DHL, Solar Ray and Actor Pharma, will also attend.

The send-off takes place as follows, and the everyone is welcome to attend:

Date: Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: Adler Museum of Medicine, Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, 7 York Road, Parktown

RSVP to or call Graeme Moore on 072 538 9601.

For more information contact Graeme Moore (Project Leader) on 072 538 9601 or email