Raising thousands for Fulham FC charity and Down's syndrome team Badgers
Moin and Zac Mohamed at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Zac Mohamed and his dad Moin are celebrating after reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - and raising thousands of pounds for Fulham FC Foundation, the football club’s official charity.
Zac decided to brave the climb of the highest free-standing mountain in the world to support the foundation’s DisAbility programme, which includes Fulham Badgers, the UK’s first football team for people with Down’s syndrome.
Zac’s brother Adam plays regularly for the Fulham Badgers and Zac says,“ The Fulham FC Foundation are fantastic.
“ They are a local charity, who aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for children and young people with disabilities to lead active and healthy lives. Achieving this by encouraging inclusion, participation and engagement in sport..
“ Their regular training sessions for the Fulham Badgers are a weekly highlight for my brother, Adam, and have allowed me to witness the hugely positive impact that they have at an individual level.”
Zac’s father Moin is an Ophthalmology Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital and he was also supporting a second charity which is close to his heart - Eyehope, an eyecare charity based at St Thomas'.
Eyehope has been involved with a link with the main hospital in Dar es Salaam for 14 years, and helps in providing essential equipment to prevent blindness, along with teaching and training eye specialists in Tanzania. It is currently raising money to buy a retinal laser, which will hopefully save the sight of thousands of patients.
Before setting out on the challenge, Moin said, “ We would love to raise some much needed funds for these two great charities, and would appreciate any sponsorship for our climb.”
Players from Fulham Badgers FC
After returning, he sent this message to supporters,“ Dear Friends, Thank you all for your amazingly generous support! In total we raised £7,094 for The Fulham Foundation and Eyehope. We had a fantastic seven day trek up (and two day walk down) Kilimanjaro.
“Luckily - we had no rain (despite walking through the rainforest at the start), but it was absolutely freezing on the top (minus 36 windchill on the day we reached the summit!). Here's a photo of us at Uhuru Peak at sunrise, after a seven hour walk up by torchlight. A heartfelt thanks again for helping the Fulham Badgers and Eyehope.”
Fulham FC Foundation, which also delivers a number of programmes for disabled young people and adults including Active Autism and Blind and Partially Sighted Football, congratulated Zac and Moin, saying, “The Foundation is so proud of their achievement and for taking a piece of Fulham to 19,000 feet above sea level. Their challenge was definitely not a walk through Bishop’s Park, with a wind chill of -30 degrees Celsius at the very top!”
Contributions are still being welcomed on the pair’s fundraising sites. Zac, who aimed to raise £1,000, has now beaten his target with a current total of £1,158.
Moin is aiming to raise £6,000 for his two chosen charities and has reached 95% with £5,724. You can help him to reach 100% by clicking here.
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