Last week saw Jennifer Riach, owner of Good Garage Scheme member MECA Services South West complete an ascent of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, for children’s charity Sparks.
The impetus to do the climb resulted from the plight of the young son of a mechanic at her garage who went through an unimaginable fight for life from his premature birth over a year ago. Jennifer’s personal connection to the family left an inner resolve in her to achieve a truly daunting challenge.
During the climb through rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers, Jennifer battled exhaustion, sleep deprivation, altitude sickness, dehydration yet her drive and determination saw her reach the summit at 19,340 feet (5,895 metres), alongside the whole team.
The ascent took over four days to complete and the total time on the mountain was nearly a week.
To contribute to Jennifer’s target of £4,200 please click here. To read all about her trek to the summit, you can read her blog by clicking here.
Jennifer Riach is the owner of MECA Services - Exeter's only lady owned & award winning garage offering repairs, servicing & MOTs for all makes of cars, light commercial vehicles, 4x4s & motorhomes. Jennifer took over MECA Services in 2007 and joined the Good Garage Scheme in the same year.