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Amputee To Take on The Kilimanjaro Challenge

Summiting Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak has always been a challenge but with only one foot most of us wouldn't make it. Stan Andrews on the other hand, a trans-tibial amputee born with a deformed right foot, is up for the challenge. Stan's right foot was amputated when he was seven years old to prevent any further difficulties and to lower the risk of restriction.

Stan's lifelong dream has been to summit Kili and that's exactly what he plans to do next month. After receiving sponsorship from Virgin Money, Stan has decided to use his trek as a way to raise money for Pathways - Pretoria, South Africa. Pathways-Pretoria is a not-for-profit organisation that provides schooling for children with varying disabilities who require one-to-one teaching and support. Stan is from Johannesburg and won his place on the 'Golith Challenge' through sheer hard work. His life-long friend and prosthetist, Marco du Plooy will also be joining him on the trek. Marco will be trekking barefoot. Apart from summit day when sub-zero temperatures will dictate shoe use, Marco will trek without shoes or boots. He is welcoming sponsorship for each day he manages to trek without footwear.

Alongside Stan, Sibusiso Vilane, another winner of the Goliath Challenge, just conquered the Three Pole Challange. Sibusiso is now the first black man to have reached the North Pole too. Back in 2005 he also become the first black man to summit Everest from both sides and the one of the first South Africans to reach the South Pole. Stan and Sibusiso are heros of our time and we wish Stan all the best in his Kilimanjaro challenge.

Learn more about Stan's challenge and sponsor him at www.standwithstan.co.za/sws/


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