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In August 2019 Edward Dijmarescu will be climbing Mount Elbrus raising money for FARA while testing his skills with crampons, ice axe and rope climbing. We spoke with Edward about the challenge, past and future challenges and why he has chosen FARA…
Hello Edward, how are you? Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi, I am originally from Romania and for more than a decade I have lived and worked in London. Over the years, I developed a passion for running marathons and trekking mountains for charities. I like taking part in various events to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone whilst raising money for good causes.
My career and profession is also centred around charity work and in the last four years I have worked for charitable organisations. At present I am heading the property and projects department at Nightingale Hammerson, a leading specialist in residential care serving the Jewish community. I am proud to be part of such a dedicated organisation and amazing team that always goes above and beyond to provide the best service.
What made you want to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia?
A few years back I started trekking various peaks and mountains and I got a good taste for adventure. With quite a few treks under my belt I feel is time to take on more challenging peaks. Mount Elbrus will be my introduction to technical skills and climbing which will be useful for my future plans.
Elbrus was appealing to me because it is the highest mountain in Europe and one of the seven summits. It has an altitude of 5,642m and it is covered in snow and ice which will take my expedition to the next level introducing me to crampons, ice axe and rope climbing. Exciting!
This will be my stepping stone as I will work my way through more challenging and higher summits around the world.
Why did you choose to raise money for FARA Charity?
FARA is an amazing charity that helps vulnerable children to have more opportunities and a better future.
As I was born in Romanian this charity is very close to my heart and I want to help others less fortunate. The world is a big scary place and I cannot even imagine what it means to be alone with no family or help. Thus, I would like to do as much as I can and fundraise for the vulnerable children.