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Olympian Tasha Danvers climbing Kilimanjaro for HIV charity

Olympian Tasha Danvers climbing Kilimanjaro for HIV charity

Olympic medalist Tasha Danvers will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a British HIV charity.

The athlete who finished in third place in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has pledged her support to east London’s Positive East charity by agreeing to trek Africa’s highest mountain.

‘As an Olympian you often spend time having to be very selfish in order to achieve your goals,’ she said. 

‘It’s so refreshing for me to be able to do something challenging for the benefit of others.’

Positive East’s team of 15 will take to the mountain for a gruelling week’s trekking from 8 February, raising vital funds to ensure they can continue to provide their range of support groups targeted at east London’s growing HIV positive African community.

‘Positive East’s work is hugely important to the communities of London,’ Danvers continued.

‘When I heard the ‘Kilimanjaro Challenge’ would contribute to something which works right at the grassroots of our communities I couldn’t say no. It’s a fabulous project which helps hundreds of the neediest people in London to get back on their feet in the face of adversity and live full, healthy lives.’

The former track and field star hopes that by signing up to Positive East’s Kilimanjaro Challenge she can inspire people around her to get involved.

She said: ‘I love working with charities, and it’s even better when I get to encourage other people to get involved too. I think sometimes we underestimate what even the smallest gesture could mean for someone else.’

If you want to Tasha’s Kilimanjaro Challenge visit the Just Giving website here and pledge your support.

To keep up to date with the latest developments from Kilimanjaro follow @PositiveEast and @TashaDanvers on Twitter.