The Forbes Rotary Club held it’s Mount Kenya 2015 Sponsor’s Night on 21 August as a show of appreciation for the support shown to the Rotary Club for the project. Earlier this year, Chris Finkel and a group of Rotary friends climbed Mount Kenya hoping to raise $60,000 in aid of the Maasai People, a hunter-gatherer tribe in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
The Sponsors’ Night, held at the Vandenberg Hotel in Forbes was an opportunity for sponsors and special guests to celebrate the achievements of the team that climbed Mount Kenya. It was an evening of good food, good friends and Guinness; a fitting celebration for a fantastic achievement.
A presentation was made to Lachlan Legacy and Chris Finkel made a presentation of the climb, detailing the trials and tribulations of the hike, the cultural impact he experienced in Africa and how the expedition has impacted on the Maasai People. “So far we’ve raised in excess of $40,000 and donations will be open until the end of 2015,” Chris said, whose hard work has been a challenging but rewarding experience.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says Chris, “but we did it. It was a great challenge.”