Specsavers Madeley and Mirrabooka optometrist scaling Mt Kilimanjaro for CanTeen

Kuntesh Shah when he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro last year.
Kuntesh Shah when he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro last year.

AFTER a successful climb of Mt Kilimanjaro last year, optometrist Kuntesh Shah is packing his bags to climb again.

This year, he will be joined by his wife and teenage son to raise money for young people living with cancer.

Mr Shah, who co-owns Specsavers in Madeley and Mirrabooka, said he was inspired by the work of CanTeen and he was looking forward to sharing the experience with his family.

“Seeing my son’s excitement, it made me think about all of the teens where life has dealt them a rough hand and has made me want to make a difference,” he said.

“So many people are affected by cancer and for kids especially, it can be difficult.

“I wanted to do my part by raising awareness and funds because the more people that know about CanTeen, the greater the impact.”

Kuntesh Shah and his son.

CanTeen WA division manager Ash Rosindale said they were grateful for the support, with the not-for-profit organisation “relying heavily on the generosity of the Perth community to continue our work in supporting all young people affected by cancer, which is 2000 new young people in WA every year, including those whose parents are going through a cancer journey”.

As part of the fundraiser, Specsavers Mirrabooka and Madeley will donate $5 from every glasses sale on Saturdays until the group leaves for Tanzania, Africa on September 22.

Accompanied by friends from Kenya and Germany, the expedition of 10 will trek the scenic Lemosho Route, in an attempt to reach Uhuru Peak.

The eight-day journey will cover about 70km from start to descent.

Last year, Mr Shah raised almost $3000 for Epilepsy WA.

Visit give.everydayhero.com/au/mission-kilimanjaro-1