Pointe Claire resident climbs Kilimanjaro for Canadian Tire Jump Start program

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 By Rhonda Massad

www.thesuburban.com

Eight years ago, Pointe Claire resident Denis Legault decided he was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.“I did not know how or when, but I knew I would accomplish my goal,” Legault told The Suburban.The challenge included not only the climb but fundraising for the Canadian Tire Jump Start program in order to participate. Jump Start helps Canadian families who can’t otherwise afford to enroll their children in sport or recreation activities.The trip itself took place in January 2014. It cost Legault, an operational manager at Bell, about $6,000 out of his own funds for some equipment and the trip.Next, Legault set out to raise funds for Jump Start by encouraging his family, friends and colleagues to donate online. He also joined Laval climber Annie Langlois in putting together a spaghetti supper that raised $2,000.Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level. The climb took eight days: seven to climb and one to descend. They were accompanied by seven guides and 63 porters who carried tents, food and baggage. “The African people were so kind and welcoming, they were always smiling and making sure we drank enough water,” he said. Though Legault was always active in sports he prepared for the climb by speed walking 5 k

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