Barrhead Travel President, Jaqueline Dobson, recently joined G Adventures Managing Director, Brian Young, to take on Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise funds for G Adventures’ Planeterra Foundation and ABTA’s LifeLine Charity.
Dobson, alongside a number of fellow travel industry leaders, took on the 20,000-foot challenge at the end of November. The trek covered a range of ecological systems, cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and arctic summit, to reach the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain.
70 percent of the funds raised have been donated to support the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit charity founded by G Adventures dedicated to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism.
In light of the recent Thomas Cook collapse, thirty per-cent of the total raised has been donated to ABTA’s LifeLine charity; a body which supports travel industry colleagues with financial grants in time of hardship.
Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel said:
“I am both nervous and excited to be taking on such an epic challenge. Both causes mean so much to me and the team at Barrhead Travel. Protection of the planet and local communities through tourism is a passion we share with G Adventures and is something I am proud to be a part of.
We are delighted that funds raised will also contribute to the welfare of former Thomas Cook employees through ABTA’s LifeLine Charity. The sad news of the collapse affected us all at Barrhead Travel, the work of LifeLine provides reassuring support to our peers in unexpected circumstances.”
Barrhead Travel raised over £5,000 that has been distributed between the two charities.