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A Sheikh, three conservationists from Hull and two female entrepreneurs unite for peak climb

Three eco-scientists and renowned Middle Eastern businesswomen are among those about to make a difference to the world – by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Having three conservationists from Hull, two female entrepreneurs from the Middle East, and a sheikh in the same team may sound like an unusual combination. But these six are to embark on an inspirational journey to be the subject of a documentary, climbing the world’s tallest free-standing Mountain – and all for good causes.

Named “Climb for Change”, and organised by the PATT Foundation, conservationists Dr Andrew Steel, Dr Ian Singleton and Dr Ian Redmond OBE, and entrepreneurs, Naaz Noor and Abbie Barnes, are joined by Sheikh Khalid al-Qasimi to climb the Uhuru summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on the 28th July 2014. The climb is expecting to last seven days.

Ms Noor is best known for establishing multi-national consultancy firm Aseel Consultancy for Aseel Group which supports companies which span across six industries. Ms Kaddoura is the senior director of Aseel Group.

Dr Ian Redmond has nearly 40 years of conservation experience under his belt, from leading anti-poacher patrols to serving as the UNEP/UNESCO Envoy for Great Apes, in addition to having an integral role in the famous gorilla scenes in the BBC’s Life on Earth and blockbuster film “Gorillas in the Mist”, featuring Sigourney Weaver in the role of Dr Dian Fossey, Ian’s former mentor.

Dr Singleton is Director of the PanEco Foundation’s Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), working on the front line in Sumatra to save the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and its habitat, while Dr Steel, the organiser of this climb, is the founding member and CEO of the Plant A Tree Today Foundation.

Entrepreneur Sheikh Khalid al-Qasimi is the direct blood relative of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi III, the current ruler of Sharjah.

Sheikh Khalid al-Qasami, along with Ms Noor, have been dedicated supporters of PATT Foundation and have helped promote the cause in the UAE.

Abbie Barnes, a young talented camera operator, will document the story of the amazing individuals who are aiming to climb with PATT.

All participants are seeking support for their chosen environmental and conservationist charities to raise awareness of climate change and how the damage done by global warming is affecting natural beauty and endangered wildlife.

In addition, they stress that planting trees and saving primates and elephants, the ‘Gardeners of the Forest, are an essential component of efforts to slow dangerous climate change and mitigate its effects (as outlined in this recent TEDx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvsWXyIseS0).

Mount Kilimanjaro has become a beacon for climate change, having lost 82 percent of its ice-cap since 1912, and experts believe that by 2020, all ice on the mountain may disappear, with devastating effects on surrounding communities that depend on glacier-fed streams and rivers for their water supply.

Countdown to Climb for Change: http://archive.pattfoundation.org/climbforchange/

Link to PATT Climb donation page: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/PATTclimb