Cricket game on Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

By Rachel Bishop on August 1, 2014 10:05 AM |

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An Isle of Dogs resident and serial charity event organiser is taking his latest project to new heights in a cricket match on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

David Harper was looking to organise a bigger and better charity event than ever before - but the idea was sparked by a joke his wife made in the pub.

He said: "As I passed 40 it dawned on me I might have missed my chance to play top level sport - my wife said jokingly that if I was ever to play cricket at the highest level, it would need to be up a mountain.

"I climbed Kilimanjaro about 20 years ago for the first time and seemed to remember that I thought it would be possible to have a game of cricket there. I knew the world record was at Everest base camp (5,140m), so it seemed like a worthwhile ambition to try to break that and raise funds."

David is hoping to generate at least £500,000 for three charities - Tusk, the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation and one close to his heart - Cancer Research UK - after losing his father to the disease.

He said: "My Dad would think I am crazy and the whole thing would definitely make him raise a smile.

"I hope he would be proud of all the effort that every player puts in as it will be hard work to play cricket at that altitude."

The team of 35 all have a story to tell and include the world's most travelled cricketer and the inventor of Ice Cricket in Estonia.

David said: "My selection criteria has been stringent - the players must be fun as I am going to spend 10 days with them, they must have the desire to do something crazy and must be prepared to raise as much awareness and money as possible for the charities involved."

The team will start out on their challenge on September 27.

Go to mtkilimadness.com to donate or for more information about the charity's work.