STEFAN KACSPERSKI – a native of Faugher in Portnablagh – travelled to Tanzania recently to climb of Kilimanjaro.
By Moses Alcorn
Stefan did the climb with two friends James Kelly and Vincent O’Driscoll and they raised €2,400 along the way for the Dublin Neurological Institute (DNI) at the Mater Foundation.
Whilst living in America, Stefan, James and Vincent often went hiking and mountain climbing in Yellowstone National Park and during a recent visit to the states they decided to climb Kilimanjaro.
Photo caption: Stefan Kacperski a native of Faugher in Portnablagh pictured with his friends James Kelly and Vincent O’Driscoll at the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Monday last
The DNI is a centre of excellence for the care of patients with neurological conditions such as Fragile X Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).
FXTAS is a condition that affects Stefan’s family and your support for our charity is greatly appreciated.
Stefan is now based in Dublin where he is a coach with the Football Association of Ireland and he hopes that money raised will eventually mean that treatment and research can be carried out in Dublin as at present patients have to travel to the USA and England for treatment and operations.
The climb took a week and Stefan is no back at work with the FAI.
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,877 metres (16,001 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.
The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtschellerin 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination.