DEFYING all odds, Andrew Moir will attempt to climb the ‘White Mountain’ this September.
Andrew, from Pulborough, will be scaling Mont Blanc for the Chichester-based charity, Children on the Edge.
“Standing on top of Mont Blanc is a major event in any mountaineer’s career and is particularly challenging if you are attempting it within a week,” said Andrew.
Any attempt to reach the summit of Monte Blanc is a huge undertaking, particularly in mid-September when the conditions can become almost Himalayan towards the top.
Andrew will be constantly roped up, with crampons on and ice axe at the ready, but there are a few other reasons that make this challenge particularly formidable.
Following a routine blood test 20 months ago, Andrew was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since then he has been using a combination of natural diet and exercise to combat the disease.
A few weeks after his return from Mont Blanc, he will be celebrating his 65th birthday, and as a more ‘seasoned climber’, it will take a lot of extra training to achieve the level of ﬁtness and energy he will need to be successful.
To mark this achievement, Andrew has decided to raise money and awareness for the international charity, Children on the Edge.
One of the areas Children on the Edge is currently working in is Kachin State, Burma where they are providing early childhood development for 1,645 children who have been displaced by violent conﬂict in the past few years.
Andrew says he found the project particularly moving: “In this mountainous region, children are caught up in a conﬂict that has left them displaced, without warm clothes and even food to survive.
“When I think that I will be in the mountains swathed in a duck down jacket to protect me from the elements, I feel I must do whatever I can to create awareness of these children’s plight. I can’t do that on my own, but with the help of anyone who hears about this, in partnership with Children on the Edge, we can make a real difference.”
Anyone can sponsor Andrew at his Just Giving page at Andrew Moir Just Giving Website or by texting MONT65£5 to 70070 to donate £5.