Pair’s helping hand

Lisa Dobrin and Michael Du Plessis with traveling companions Billy and Feliz. d408593
Lisa Dobrin and Michael Du Plessis with traveling companions Billy and Feliz. d408593

Mr Du Plessis said he was always looking for new adventures and the chance to raise money for kids in need made it even more appealing.

‘As a kid, my mum had a painting of Kilimanjaro in the house and I remember looking at that picture thinking how great it would be to go there,’ he said.

‘I get excitement out of it and raise money for charity; it works both ways. You always take, and it’s nice to give something back.’

Mr Du Plessis said he would climb with friend Lisa Dobrin, whom he met on the Canteen Life Cycle On-Road, a three-day cycle event from Bassendean to Busselton.

He said Ms Dobrin mentioned the Hands Across the Water charity last year and he was hooked on the idea.

‘I’ve never done any mountain climbing before but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,’ he said. ‘I’m pretty keen on challenges in life and it’s a really good charity.’

Mr Du Plessis said he and Ms Dobrin would climb Kilimanjaro over eight days and then stay as volunteers for three days at the Bann Tharn Namchai orphanage in Thailand.

‘We’re doing a private climb, just the two of us, a guide and cook, rather than a big tour group,’ he said.

Mr Du Plessis has been training at Jacob’s Ladder at Kings Park and wearing an altitude mask during his exercise routines.

‘Most people suffer altitude sickness and lots of people don’t make it,’ he said.

‘We know friends who have taken two to three attempts to reach the summit.’

Mr Du Plessis works as an electrician at Bethesda Hospital in Claremont and Ms Dobrin works for the City of Belmont. The pair will leave Perth on October 13. Anyone interested in donating or following the adventure can visit https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/pages/ climbing-mt-kilimanjaro-for-hands.