Two employees from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK and one from Saint-Gobain Weber, both part of international materials company Saint-Gobain, are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in September. The team, who have called themselves the ‘Drain Gang’, will embark on the seven-day trek to raise money for WaterAid, Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
The Drain Gang, consisting of employees John Wilson and Phil Green from Saint-Gobain PAM UK and Simon Bennett from Saint-Gobain Weber, will climb to an altitude of 5,895 metres and are undergoing an intense training schedule to ensure they can conquer the challenging climb.
John Wilson comments: “This climb will definitely be one of the most challenging events I have taken part in, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t turn down and of course, we have been able to raise money for four great causes. It has been very inspiring to receive so much support from friends, family and others who believe in these charities as much as we do. Even through long training days, we are still looking forward to see what Mount Kilimanjaro has in store for us this September.”
WaterAid works with local partners around the world to help some of the poorest communities access safe water and sanitation. Breast Cancer Care, founded in 1973 by a breast cancer survivor, aims to supply information and support for anyone affected by the disease, while also campaigning for improved standards of care. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial assistance to sufferers and also pushes for better cancer care. Help for Heroes delivers direct, practical support to those affected by their service to the country.
As of recently, the team has raised over £12,000 for the four charities through sponsorship, fundraising events within the company and generous donations from Saint-Gobain PAM UK.