AIDS awareness is being taken to new heights by one businessman, who has successfully climbed Mount Everest to raise money for a Horsham-based charity.
Greg Healey, 30 years-of-age, reached the top of the world’s highest mountain this week, after setting off early April.
The gruelling challenge took around two months and demanded a 8,850 meter climb to the summit.
The businessman, who is currently based in London, is hoping to raise over £8,000 for AVERT, which will go directly towards HIV/AIDS work.
Greg said: “Since establishing Village Drinks five years ago - a social networking group for gay professionals - I wanted to give something back to the community which is often so directly impacted by the reality of HIV and AIDS.”
AVERT is an international HIV/AIDS charity based in Horsham, which works to provide education and care for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS worldwide.
The charity supports community-led HIV/AIDS projects based in sub-Saharan Africa.
It also boasts an award-winning website - www.avert.org - which is now the most popular HIV/AIDS education and information site on the net.
Brendan Hanlon, Chief Executive for AVERT, said: “As the global economic downturn continues to have a negative effect on funding for HIV and AIDS programmes, the work of charities like AVERT becomes even more urgent.
“Donations to AVERT directly support our projects based in sub-Saharan Africa, who provide life-saving care.
“Greg’s efforts are fantastic and we hope that others are inspired by him to contribute to awareness about HIV and AIDS.
“The achievement also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first public identification of AIDS.”
The charity also developed a unique way of supporting Greg throughout his expedition.
An interactive postcard with a GPS tracker displayed his location and allowed Tweets from Twitter to be uploaded automatically.
To make a contribution to AVERT and find out more about their work, you can follow Greg and the charity at www.avert.org/fundraising