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B.C. Couple Set Record And Raise Money For Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro

When their 60th wedding anniversary was looming, Vancouver couple Martin and Esther Kafer took their love to a new height and hiked to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Martin, 85, and wife Esther, 84, were awarded the Guinness world record for being the oldest people to climb the mountain this week.

However, the couple accomplished much more than getting their names chronicled in a book.

The pair finished the hike last September, and raised over $24,000 for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Their motivation: Martin’s sister, who has suffered from dementia for more than three years.

The society CEO Jean Blake said in a statement that the Kafer’s record is a “great reminder of what will and determination can achieve.” He believes that people like them is what society needs to bring about a world without dementias like Alzheimer’s.

The self-proclaimed “old-timer mountaineers and life-long outdoor enthusiasts” don’t have any plans of slowing down anytime soon. Their next plan involves a raft down an Alaskan river that will lead them into the Arctic Ocean. [The Province]


Posted by Aimee O'Connor
2013-02-22, 15:16:04

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