South African cricketing legend, Makhaya Ntini, along with a group of avid players and supporters, will be taking the sport to new heights when they take on the Mt. Kili Madness World Record Attempt later this month. Kenya Airways will be sponsoring flights for the South African contingent and is proud to be associated with this exciting fundraising effort, which sees the group scaling Mount Kilimanjaro and then playing a game of cricket at the summit. A game at this altitude – 5 787m – has never been attempted before as the air is so thin, meaning there is a real risk of altitude sickness. Should the team be successful, they will beat the current world record by 600m.
With global participants including former international cricketers, it is exciting that South Africa will also have representation in the Mt. Kili Madness World Record Attempt. As South Africa’s first black cricketer, with 101 test matches and 390 test wickets behind his name, Makhaya Ntini will definitely keep the batsmen on their toes up on Mt. Kilimanjaro!
In keeping with the ethos of the fundraising effort, two promising young Alexandra Township Chiefs cricketers, Raymond Lebokana and Robert Moloisane, are also being given the opportunity to scale the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro and participate in the game. Apart from just playing cricket, the Alexandra Township Chiefs are using the game as an avenue to create awareness about various social causes that are affecting children, youth and women in the township.
Kenya Airways is committed to fostering development within the communities where they operate, and so is pleased to be able to support not only the fundraising efforts of Mt. Kili Madness, but also the upliftment of previously disadvantaged youth. Organiser Aliya Bauer, previously the coach of the Maasai Cricket Warriors in Kenya, and now a volunteer with Alexandra Township Chiefs Cricket Club in South Africa, is thrilled to have Kenya Airways on board, saying: “Without Kenya Airways’ kind sponsorship of flights for those of us travelling from South Africa, our participation in this worthy cause would not be possible. The fundraising beneficiaries, Cancer Research, Tusk Trust, and the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation, are not the only winners here, as we are enabling these young ambassadors from Alexandria to live out a dream that is larger than any mountain.”
The team will take seven days to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, before setting up to play the cricket match of a lifetime on 27 September 2014.