In an effort to raise money for education, British business tycoon Richard Branson took part in the Strive for Big Change project to climb Mount Kenya.
The millionaire owner of Mahali Mzuri Camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara, climbed to the mountain’s top, which is 16, 355 feet above sea level, with a crew of more than 25 people while braving both frigid and pleasant weather.
We left in good spirits, he added, “explaining to everyone what the journey was all about—testing ourselves, having fun together, and collecting money for Big Change, a beautiful challenge set up to reinvent and reform education.
Virgin Strive Challenge
The Virgin Strive Challenge is a collection of thrilling endurance competitions with wide participation that benefit Big Change Charity.
In order to unlock young people’s potential and help them succeed in the future, he said, they want to use the challenge to provide education for life rather than simply for examinations.
The billionaire praised the mountain’s slopes and valleys, stating the mornings were breathtakingly gorgeous with magnificent sunrises. He saw breathtaking waterfalls and lakes as they continued into the vast, swampy gorges.
He continued by stating that Virgin Strive Challenge always put people’s nerves to the test.
“Before leaving, I had the notion that there wouldn’t be much difficult climbing and that my preparation would serve me well. However, it turned out to be rather severe,” he said.
He continued by saying that they hoped to achieve education for life, rather than simply for examinations, through the challenge. This would enable them to help young people reach their full potential and succeed in the future.
The billionaire praised the mountain’s slopes and valleys, saying they were gorgeous. He also praised the mornings for their breathtaking sunrises. He saw magnificent lakes and waterfalls as they continued into the vast, swampy valleys.
Strive Challenge always put people’s nerves to the test, he continued.
I had the notion before starting out that there wouldn’t be any tough climbing and that my preparation would serve me well. But it ended up being really harsh,” he described.
Strive raised about 1.65 million dollars (1.46mn pounds) during the final Big Change event of the year. “So many individuals contributed to the success of our Mt Kenya expedition, and I am confident that the money generated for Big Change will have a significant impact on educational reform… There is still a long way to go, but I have no doubt that we will keep working to change things. I’m eagerly anticipating the next experience,” he said.
Branson said that despite the challenging circumstances, there were times when he wished he hadn’t gone up in the first place. Nevertheless, he had to go on.
They at last reached the peak! It was satisfying. The sun was shining, perhaps commending them for their efforts. Although it was a moment to be proud of, they had to descend again.
The businessman was straining and fatigued, but he could still see the finish line despite being some way behind the others. He hurriedly changed shoes and descended the mountain fast.
As they approached the finish line, his son Sam was still in front of him by a few yards, but it made no difference because the goal had been reached.
Branson expressed gratitude to everyone who helped make the voyage possible and that he was already excited for his upcoming trip.
“So many individuals contributed to the success of this adventure, and I am certain that the money generated for Big Change will have a significant impact on educational reform (our previous Strive event in 2019 brought in £1.46 million for Big Change).”
Every night, we had enlightening conversations on how to make education about more than just passing tests. Sam claims that he and Noah are most proud of launching Big Change, and I can see why. There is still a long way to go, but I have no doubt that we will keep working to change things. Already anticipating the upcoming journey