JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT: Expedition leader Russ Holland on a previous Mt Kilimanjaro trip.
JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT: Expedition leader Russ Holland on a previous Mt Kilimanjaro trip.

Coffs' teenagers to reach new heights

TEENAGERS looking for a character building challenge linked with travel and supporting a good cause will be eager to learn about Climb for the Chopper.

Also known as the Mt Kilimanjaro Youth Charity Challenge, the expedition will raise funds for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and is open to young people aged 16-18.

Russ Holland of the helicopter service, in conjunction with Peak Potential Adventures, is seeking students from local schools to step forward, travel to Tanzania and climb Mt Kilimanjaro's 5895m summit.

Climb for the Chopper is set for December 4 to 18 and participants (a maximum of 10) will get physical training, mentoring and fundraising assistance in the lead up.

Expedition leader, Russ said it is about adventure and the life lessons that come from being part of a team that supports its individuals as they step outside their comfort zone.

"And that is why it's perfect for students who are set to experience the study and personal challenges that arise during Years 11 and 12 and beyond," Russ said.

He said it's critical young people be given the opportunity to prepare for, and push through challenging moments that come when experiencing the natural environment, different cultures and meeting new people.

Annabelle McCullagh, from Nambucca Heads High School, and Daniel Abraham, a Bishop Druitt College student, are taking part in the challenge.

"Not only is the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro something I want to tick off my bucket list but it's a chance to raise a solid amount of money for a service that is such an asset to everybody and one of the most needed services in a rural town like Nambucca Heads," Annabelle said.

Daniel is embracing the opportunity to get out of his comfort zone, learn new things and meet new people.

"I know it will be hard but I love a challenge," he said.

The fundraising target for each team member is $2500. Call Russ for details on 0407 524 752 or

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