Hmmmm…red nose day. Always a decision what to do. Sponsored silence? Silly hats? Climb the highest free-standing mountain in the whole world? Oh go on then…
Not superstitious in any way shape or form, Andrew Kluge, Cosatto CEO with his partner Rebekah marched off on Friday 13th March to take on the mountain for comic relief and because, in Toto’s immortal words, they knew they “must do what’s right sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti” with accompanying guitar riff obvs.
Armed with red noses and a Cosatto flag they endured a light 7 day trek through jungles, moorland, alpine desert and then a 20,000ft climb to the snowy summit of the sacred beast known as the ‘roof of Africa’.
It’s no walk in the park, with Kilimanjaro described as a man-eating snake in the celebratory song often sung when you reach the heady summit…”Like a snake you wrap around me…trying to eat me like a piece of meat.”
Andrew and Rebekah are rock ‘ard and made it to the top. Through teeth chattering in minus 15 temperatures Andrew exclaimed, “fabulous experience, extremely cold, great views from the top, bloody hard work but all for a worthwhile cause.”
Will he redo the climb pushing a Cosatto pushchair ? No comment as yet.
“I can see the world in a different way” sang Juluka in their eighties hit ‘Kilimanjaro’ and there’s no more Cosatto sentiment than that.