Friends mean the world to us, and we love telling them (and ourselves) that we’d do anything for them. But one Maltese group took that to a whole new level… Mount Everest.
Fitness enthusiasts Steffie Cassar Torreggiani, Brian Warrington, Jo Barron and Ellie Muscat Barron took on Mount Everest last month, climbing to base camp in aid of their close friend, Chris Pullicino, who was this year diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“It definitely was an experience of a lifetime and we pushed through the challenging parts as we always had Chris at the back of our minds as our motivation and inspiration”
A few weeks after they had started training, they heard the unfortunate news of their friend’s diagnosis. Chris was a regular at Jo Barron’s Cynergi spinning classes and the news hit home, and it hit hard.
“So we said we should choose a charity with him in mind,” Ellie told Lovin Malta. “Initially, we thought even if we raise just €1,000 that would be amazing. But within the first two weeks, we were really blown away by people’s responses.” She admitted that the trek up to base camp was a tough one but with their friend’s own struggles in mind, no challenge seemed too difficult for the #ClimbingForChris team.
From online donations and fundraising events, they currently stand at an awesome €9,000, just €1,000 away from their final 10K goal. They plan to give half of that amount to ALIVE charity foundation, and the other half to Hospice Malta.
“On behalf of ourselves, Chris and his family we thank you in advance for your kind attention and any form of generosity, which will be greatly received,” the group told potential backers on their fundraising page.