A woman from Alford is about to fly to Africa before setting off on a six day trek that will take her to the top of Africa at the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.
Egle Kalinauskaite is part of a nine-strong team made up from staff and suppliers to the Alford company, LJ Fairburn, which supplies over 10 million eggs a week across the UK.
The team left for Tanzania on Monday evening and their aim is to reach the summit by next Wednesday (September 10).
The 25-year-old, who is originally from Lithuania, has worked for the past three years at LJ Fairburn as a Packing Centre Manager.
Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is no easy task, and scaling the mountain is the equivalent of climbing Big Ben 61 times.
The team will be sleeping under canvas on rough mountain trails, and will only arrive at the summit after trekking through the night in oxygen-thin air over steep boulder-strewn paths.
Fortunately, Egle has always taken fitness very seriously. She runs practically every day and is also kept fit thanks to her job, which has her busy and on her feet all day long.
And in keeping with the scale of the challenge, Egle and the team have set themselves a hugely ambitious fundraising target.
They are aiming to raise a staggering £35,000 in sponsorship from the climb for Food for Good, a campaign undertaken by the UK food industry to raise funds for the charity Farm Africa.
The charity is working to find permanent solutions to tackling hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholder farmers there to grow more food.
The team are well on the way to their target, having raised over £29,000 so far.
Speaking on the eve of departure for Africa, Egle said: “This is a huge experience for me.
“I have never been outside Europe and I am really looking forward to experiencing a different culture.
“And of course I’m really excited to have been given the opportunity to do something so exciting that will also be raising money to help farmers grow more food and help end hunger.
“I can’t wait to start with the rest of the team and hopefully raise as much money as we can for Farm Africa.”
Daniel Fairbairn is managing director of Lincolnshire based company LJ Fairburn.
He said: “I’m really proud that as a company we’ve taken on such a daunting challenge.
“A huge amount of hard work has gone into building up the company that my grandfather founded over fifty years ago.
“Part of this climb is about celebrating everything we’ve achieved, but it’s also about sharing our success and giving something back.”
You can spur on Egle, and egg on the rest of the team, by making a donation via the team’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/teams/fairburnkilimanjaroclimb