19 year old Adam Malik, an optical assistant from Specsavers Milton Keynes, is hoping to raise more than £1,500 for a great cause by trekking the highest freestanding mountain in the world – Mount Kilimanjaro - this July.

Supporting a great cause
Adam is taking on this mighty challenge to benefit a cause very close to his and his colleagues’ hearts. Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in developing countries and Adam hopes to play his small part in raising much-needed funds.

What the charity does
The charity raises vital income to support activities overseas that includes giving people all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists. The role they play is vital in reaching nearly 640 million people (10% of the world's population) who are believed to be disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.

Excited by the challenge
Adam is now in training for his forthcoming 11-day challenge that will see him scale the 5,896m mountain. Adam says: ‘I know it will be tough but it will be exhilarating when I reach the snow-capped summit and far-reaching views across the African plains. Apparently, there are huge permanent glaciers that flow down from the summit, and the spectacular views and beautiful ice formations will be my reward for pushing my limits both physically and mentally.’

Good luck from his team team members!
Specsavers Milton Keynes’ store director, Steve Moore is impressed with Adam’s commitment. He says: ‘Adam joined the team in 2015 and is also a student training to become an optician. To find the time and impetus to train for his trek is commendable and of course, we are behind him every step of the way.’

To help Adam hit his target, he is asking local businesses and residents to make a donation – however small – to his Just Giving webpage. Visit justgiving.com/adam-malik1 for further details.

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