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Oxford University students take on the highest peak in Africa

to support local charity’s 20th anniversary

“We look forward to wearing the Nasio T-shirt on the summit on the 30th August 2021...”
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Four Oxford University students will be climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the world's tallest freestanding mountain, in celebration of the Nasio Trust's 20th Anniversary.

Abingdon-based charity the Nasio Trust was founded in 2001 by CEO Nancy Hunt, and celebrates its 20th Anniversary this month. Nasio’s aim is to provide a holistic solution to ending the cycle of poverty, through the provision of education, healthcare, psychosocial support, and the development of commerce through sustainable income-generating projects.

Hari Kope, Molly Hey, Marcus Allen and Airi Visser will be celebrating Nasio's success by summiting Mt Kilimanjaro at 5895 meters next week. The students are determined to support the charity by taking on this challenge, following in the footsteps of over 500 climbers who have climbed Kilimanjaro in support of Nasio in the last 2 decades.

Hari, the climb lead, said “What a time to be taking on a personal challenge when the world is in fear of travelling and taking risks! We want to do something good in support of the Nasio Trust as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. We look forward to wearing the Nasio T-shirt on the summit on the 30th August 2021.”

They are excited to be doing the climb ahead of a talk by Stephen Venables, mountaineer, writer, broadcaster and public speaker, who will be speaking about his African climb expeditions to Nasio supporters later this year. Stephen was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen, a feat which has been described as one of the supreme athletic tests known to man.

Nasio were recently featured in a BBC South Today piece in celebration of its 20th Anniversary at the Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire.

If you would like to climb Kilimanjaro in support of the Nasio Trust please visit For more information please contact


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