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MBA students successfully tackle Mount Kilimanjaro

Five MBA2019 students took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 5,895m above sea level.

Additionally, Lorenzo Espinosa, Ben Banks, Catalina Cabral, Brady Dearden and Alex Orechoff raised more than £1,200 for Sawiyan - an organisation dedicated to helping Middle Eastern refugess gain access to cancer treatment.

Lorenzo was said that the expedition, although challenging, was a thoroughly educational experience that will live forever in their memories. "Soon after arriving in Tanzania, we realised this trek was much more than just hiking; it was an opportunity to connect with Tanzania, its culture and its welcoming people," he commented. "We had the chance to bond with our guides and porters - we sang and danced with them, learned more about their backgrounds and understood their circumstances.”

The team reached the summit after seven days of gruelling hiking, just as the sun was rising. Lorenzo describes the relief and overwhelming satisfaction of making it to the top. "When we arrived at the top, we immediately knew that all the effort had been worth it," he said. "The feeling of happiness and gratitude to our support team was incredible."

Reflecting on the trip, Lorenzo said that the adventure was just another example of how difficult challenges can be overcome with determination, preparation and, above all, teamwork.

"It made us appreciate every moment we had, while enjoying nights under bright stars and waking up to beautiful landscapes with the clouds below us.”