Mount Kilimanjaro climb to benefit Red Cross

Martyn Bould will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the Cayman Islands Red Cross. - Photo: Submitted

This August, long-time Cayman Islands resident Martyn Bould will take on Africa’s tallest mountain peak in support of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

The ‘Climb for Red: Peak of Preparedness’ challenge will bring Bould to the top of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funding for the charity organisation.

“In light of the wonderful work that the Red Cross performs in the traumatic conditions following the passage of a hurricane, climbing for CIRC appealed to me as a natural way to give back,” Bould said in a Red Cross press release.

“I hope my journey brings awareness to the importance of hurricane preparedness and encourages the community to donate funds to the CIRC, thus enabling their disaster preparedness and response efforts and capabilities.”

Bould has previously climbed mountain peaks in the Himalayas in Bhutan, and Mount Sopris in Colorado.

To prepare to take on the 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, Bould set out 110‑day focussed training programme. His training included a breathing exercise known as ‘Oxygen Advantage’, altitude training in Colorado and a daily workout routine.

His seven-day trek will take him through tropical rainforests, alpine moorlands, desert uplands and icy glaciers.

The ‘Climb for Red’ challenge is part of a larger Red Cross campaign called ‘Move for Red’ that the charity expects to fully launch later this year.

“The aim of Peak of Preparedness is to tie in Mr. Bould’s movements up the summit with key actions in preparedness to ensure that the population is ready for the peak of the season in September,” a Red Cross press release said.

Bould became more familiar with the Red Cross’s mission following the devastation that hurricanes Irma and Maria brought to the Caribbean in 2017. After the storms, he witnessed the Cayman Islands Red Cross’s work to support its sister agency in the British Virgin Islands.

Bould’s journey up Mount Kilimanjaro will be trackable through the Red Cross’s social media accounts.

“Having someone like Mr. Bould undertake such an amazing journey on behalf of our organisation and our work is truly an honour, and we are sure that this endeavour will help us reach a wider audience,” said CIRC Director Jondo Obi.

Bould first came to the Cayman Islands 50 years ago as a chartered quantity surveyor. He has since developed several major projects in the territory, including Plantana, The Great House and the Genesis Building.

He is chairman of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, a founding board member of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and past chairman of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Bould was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.