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Ben announces Industry Leader Challenge: The Climb

Ben has announced that its biggest ever Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) fundraiser, The Climb, is set to take place from 30th October to 8th November 2021.

In just under six months, a number of leaders and future leaders from a number of renowned automotive industry companies will climb one of the world’s most iconic peaks, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise £300,000 for Ben. The challenge was due to take place in October 2020 however it was postponed due to Covid-19.

Ben is also inviting more automotive leaders and aspiring leaders to come forward and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Fundraising is running throughout 2021 up until March 2022 and will help ensure Ben’s services continue to meet the changing demands of the industry and its people, especially during these challenging times. Each team has a target to raise a minimum of £50,000 by March 2022, through a range of fundraising events and activities.

In six days, from 1st to 6th November, the ILC challengers will climb Kili, the highest free-standing mountain on earth, which is 5,895m tall. Tackling Kili will be physically demanding, mentally challenging, but will fundraise to help ensure no-one in automotive has to face life’s toughest challenges alone. The challengers will trek and climb through five climate zones, ranging from rainforest to alpine desert and glacial Arctic.

The challenge is inspired by Sarah Sillars OBE, who took on Mount Kilimanjaro over 10 years ago, raising an incredible £38,000 for Ben.

The ILC is an epic personal challenge taken on each year by an automotive industry leader (or leaders) to fundraise for Ben. The ILC requires extraordinary personal endeavour that tests the challenger(s) either mentally or physically – or both. After completing a challenge of their choice (either with a team or alone), the challenger then hands the baton over to another industry leader for the following year.

Source: Ben