Tshwaragano Trust Mount Everest climb raises P250,000 for cancer

Tshwaragano Adventure Trust members Moraki Mokgosana and Mahube Mpugwa have raised P250,000 for the Cancer Association of Botswana, after successfully climbing Mount Everest.

The two recently returned from their excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp, in their bid to raise funds for the Cancer Association of Botswana.

Mpugwa, the Trust Chairman revealed that they spent months jogging and walking around Gaborone with backpacks weighing 5 k,g ahead of their departure.

They started their up-mountain trekking on the 21st of March and walked for 8 days along one of the most difficult terrains in the world.

“Everyday we were walking 1000 meters above sea level on steep slopes, through icy paths and snow. As we ascended to higher altitudes with less oxygen, breathing was challenging and the simple effort of tying your shoes laces was tiring,” said Mpugwa.

“We walked 8 hours and made brief stops for tea and lunch and the distance covered in a day was only 5 kilometres. Upon reaching our destination, we would have a standard menu of either rice or spaghetti with boiled vegetables, no luxuries of beef or chicken,” he said.

Mokgosana said although they were instructed to drink at least 4 liters of water everyday and plenty of water from glaciers, a bath or a shower was a luxury because of cold temperatures.

AT THE FINISH POINT: Tshwaragano Adventure Trust members Moraki Mokgosana and Mahube Mpugwa
AT THE FINISH POINT: Tshwaragano Adventure Trust members Moraki Mokgosana and Mahube Mpugwa

Talking of the days when both of them wondered what they got themselves into, he said, “A couple of things kept us going, such as the worthy cause of raising funds to fight cancer. We were also encouraged by the support and encouragement we got from sponsors and back home.”

Speaking on behalf of Liberty Life Botswana and other sponsors, Lulu Rasebotsa said they were proud to be associated with Tshwaragano Trust, which goes a long way in contributing to the Cancer Association of Botswana.

Rasebotsa said deciding to sponsor the climb was a “no brainer” as it is aligned to their core business of recognising the risks that people face in their lives, and how they can impact on future earnings and the livelihood of loved ones.

The Mt. Everest excursion was made possible through BIHL Trust, Liberty Life, Ismail group, Sefalana, Landmark, Steel Base, De Beers, Letshego, Naledi Motors, Sasa interiors, Stanlib, BCL, TK group and Dimension Data.

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